One of just three remaining lookouts on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Burley Mountain Lookout was built in 1934 and is still active today. This route utilizes nature trails, a forest road, and a short hiking trail to access this unique site just south of Highway 12.
Starting from the Cispus Learning Center (which features many nearby short nature trails) take the Covel Creek Trail to the Covel Creek Falls Trail. These tie in with the Angel Falls Loop Trail, and at a junction a mile from the trailhead, you'll arrive at a junction where you can either descend a quarter mile to Angel Falls or hop on the Burley Mountain Trail, which climbs steadily through dense second-growth forest.
This forest renewed in the early 1900s after a series of forest fires in the Cispus Valley. As you hike, look for charred, blackened stumps, the remnants of the old forest interspersed with the relatively new growth.
The trail ends on Forest Road 7605, three miles shy of the summit of Burley Mountain. Hiking the road, you'll arrive at the parking area for the lookout, and find the Burley Mountain Lookout Trail, which guides you the half mile from the parking area in the saddle below the summit to the lookout itself. This short trail climbs through huckleberries and wildflowers to the signature expansive vistas of a fire lookout.
- 14.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 4000 feet
- Highest Point
- 5250 feet
Hiking Burley Mountain
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 46.4388, -121.8520 Open in Google Maps