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#19 Heybrook Glacier Peak/North Stevens Pass

Location: 47.8108485,-121.5254144
Summit Elevation: 1,824′
Lookout Type: 67′ R-6 flat cab
Site Established: 1925
Current Structure Built: 1964
Date Visited: 9/10/17

Heybrook was beautifully renovated in 2017 through a partnership with Filson and the National Forest Foundation and is now one of only a handful of Washington State fire lookouts that can be rented for the night.

Get your workout at Heybrook with its 89 steps to the top!

Photos from a 2017 visit.


History.

Although Heybrook is a low elevation lookout with only 100′ of prominence, it is a well known high point in the area and first hosted a platform tower built in 1925. A 45′ L-4 cab replaced it in 1932, then the current 67′ R-6 flat cab tower was built in 1967. The lookout was registered with the National Historic Lookout Register in 2015.

Outdoor retailer Filson partnered with the National Forest Foundation to beautifully restore and renovate Heybrook Lookout. In 2017 it opened for overnight stays and is bookable through Recreation.gov on a 6-month rolling basis.


The route.

Distance (RT): 2.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 850′

The trail to Heybrook is short and well maintained, making it a great hike for all fitness levels. It traverses through a beautiful moss covered forest with newly constructed rock steps. Once at the lookout, climb the 89 steps to the viewing platform and enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Persis and Mount Baring.

If you do not have a reservation for the evening, please be courteous and considerate of others who may be spending the night.


Directions.

Drive US 2 east from Monroe just over 22 miles past mile marker 37 and the sign for Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. There is a gravel parking area on the left (north side) of the highway where the trailhead to Heybrook begins.

Caution: Since the parking area is right off US2, it’s a well known place for car prowls, vandalism, and theft. Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle here.