Staffed Fire Lookouts of Washington State

It may surprise you that two dozen or more of our remaining historical lookouts here in Washington State are still actively staffed or on standby status, which is about a quarter of our lookouts. Some are managed by the Forest Service, the National Park Service, volunteer groups, and numerous Reservations like the Yakima and Colville. The number of lookouts being staffed can change annually but I’ve listed the ones I know of on this page along with the managing agency. This is likely not a completely accurate list, so if you have updates or changes, do let me know!

I’m incredibly blessed to be in my second season of staffing beautiful Goat Peak in Mazama, WA near my home in the Methow Valley. One of my favorite parts of staffing a fire lookout is meeting fantastic visitors! But now as a fire lookout I understand that with the growing popularity of visiting these structures, many staffed fire lookouts can have very busy days with few breaks and not all staffed lookouts allow visitors. I wrote a recent article about etiquette when visiting a staffed fire lookout, so please give it a read!

Enjoy your fire lookout visits this year and hopefully you get a chance to meet active lookouts who will share great stories and history. Happy lookout(ing)!

Copper Mountain – North Cascades National Park
Goat Peak – US Forest Service, Methow Valley RD
Granite Mountain – Snoqualmie Fire Lookouts Association
Indian Mountain – US Forest Service, Priest Lake RD
Kelly Butte – Snoqualmie Fire Lookouts Association
Miners Ridge – US Forest Service, Darrington RD
Mount Fremont – Mount Rainier National Park/Volunteers
Omak Mountain – Colville Reservation
Red Top (previous staffed but not presently) – Volunteers
Shriner Peak – Mount Rainier National Park
Sugarloaf – US Forest Service, Entiat RD
Table Rock – US Forest Service, Pomeroy RD
Tunk Mountain (used as a standby in 2021) – Private
Whitestone Ridge – Colville Reservation
Desolation Peak – North Cascades National Park
Gold Mountain – Colville Reservation
Green Mountain – Friends of Green Mountain
Keller Butte – Colville Reservation
Lookout Mountain, Twisp (on standby) – US Forest Service, Methow Valley RD
Mount Bonaparte – US Forest Service, Tonasket RD
Mount Leecher – US Forest Service, Methow Valley RD
Oregon Butte – US Forest Service, Pomeroy RD
Satus Peak – Yakima Reservation
Sourdough Mountain – North Cascades National Park
Sun Top – Snoqualmie Fire Lookouts Association
Tower Mountain – Spokane Reservation
Wellpinit Mountain – Spokane Reservation
Whitmore Mountain – Colville Reservation