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Washington State Former Fire Lookouts

It’s been estimated that Washington State once had around 750 fire lookouts. I’ve visited all of the standing lookouts (of which there are 93-97 depending who you talk to) and enjoy visiting former fire lookout sites as well. Most former sites are great peakbagging destinations that usually offer spectacular views as well as lookout footings and even old artifacts. Eric Willhite has probably the most complete list out there of former lookout locations and many people are actively researching former sites. I have a map of former sites (not complete list, just based on Osborne panoramic photos) and below are the former sites I’ve visited. Trip reports are linked up to the ones outlined in a black border.

Olympic National Forest


Kloshe Nanitch

3,160′
Northwest Olympics

Mount Townsend

6,280′
Eastern Olympic Mountains

Mount Baker National Forest


Devils Dome

6,982′
Hozameen Range

Okanogan


Buttermilk Butte

5,471′
Methow Mountains

Chelan Butte

3,835′
Chelan Mountains

Chiliwist Butte

3,078′
Okanogan Range

Cooper Mountain

5,867′
Methow Mountains

Doe Mountain

7,154′
Okanogan Range

Driveway Butte

5,982′
Okanogan Range

Little Bridge Creek

4,122′
Methow Mountains

Little Buck Mountain

5,375′
Okanogan Range

McClure Mountain

4,520′
Methow Mountains

Muckamuck Mountain

6,370′
Okanogan Range

Sweetgrass Butte

6,109′
Okanogan Range

Thrapp Mountain

4,266′
Okanogan Range

Tiffany Mountain

8,245′
Okanogan Range

War Creek Ridge

6,080′
Methow Mountains

Wenatchee National Forest


Davis Peak

6,426′
Alpine Lakes Area

Jolly Mountain

6,443′
Wenatchee Mountains

Koppen Mountain

6,031′
Wenatchee Mountains

Snoqualmie National Forest


Anvil Rock

9,584′
Mount Rainier Area

Bare Mountain

5,353′
Alpine Lakes Area

Noble Knob

6,011′
South Cascade Crest

Nordrum

1,480′
Alpine Lakes Area

Norse Peak

6,856′
South Cascade Crest

Gifford Pinchot National Forest


Goat Ridge

6,201′
Goat Rocks

Hawkeye

7,431′
Goat Rocks