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36 Hikes
Heybrook Lookout

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(73 votes)
Heybrook Lookout is a short and moderately steep hike through a fern and moss covered forest to a fun, staircase-ridden lookout with great views of the nearby mountains. If you are introducing someone to hiking, limited on time, or trying to add on another hike or activity in the area, this is the hike for you.
 
 
Hidden Lake Lookout

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.61
(62 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
The Hidden Lake trail is one of the crown jewels of hiking in Washington State. No other trail offers so much as Hidden Lake Lookout: forest, wildflowers, a true alpine environment of stark granite well above treeline, breathtaking summit views of the heart of North Cascades National Park, and a fire lookout with a sweeping history almost as big as the mountainous landscape it gazes over.
 
 
Tolmie Peak Lookout - Eunice Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(93 votes)
Hike to an old fire lookout with in-your-face views of Mount Rainier and a sapphire blue lake below. Tolmie Peak and Eunice Lake pack a one-two punch when it comes to scenery, but stopping at the picturesque lake is a perfectly acceptable destination as well.
 
 
Red Top Lookout

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 5360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(25 votes)
Red Top Lookout, built in 1952, restored in 1997, and still operational today, provides a fine bang for your hiking buck. A short, steep trail leads to the functioning fire lookout as well as magnificent 360 degree views of the Stuart Range, Teanaway Ridge, Chelan and Entiat Mountains, Mount Rainier, and even Mount Adams on a clear day.
 
 
Fremont Lookout

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 7200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(53 votes)
The two-story frame cabin of Mount Fremont, built in 1934, provides an opportunity to reminisce about the time when watchmen stood guard over the forest, with an eye out for wildfires.
 
 
Lookout Mountain Lookout

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 5719.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
To get panoramic views of the North Cascades without fighting the crowds at Cascade Pass or Hidden Lake Lookout, look no further than Lookout Mountain, an arduous climb that often gets overlooked by hikers heading to North Cascades National Park. From the fire lookout on the summit, enjoy 360-degree views of Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, and a panoply of other North Cascades giants.
 
 
Suntop Lookout

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(12 votes)
Reaching the summit of Suntop can require considerable energy, or it can be a simple short walk, but the views of Mount Rainier and the White River valley below are worth it any way you slice it. Hike either 16 miles or just two, depending on which trail you use.
 
 
Evergreen Mountain Lookout

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1425 ft.
Highest Point: 5587.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(21 votes)
A short but stiff climb through an old burn, old growth forest, and alpine meadows to a restored fire lookout standing sentinel over the western flanks of the Wild Sky Wilderness.
 
 
Red Mountain Lookout

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
This seldom-used trail within Glacier Peak Wilderness leads through an old-growth forest with magnificent, large trees to the site of an old fire lookout build in the 1930s.
 
 
Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
6.5 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Several hiking trails exist in the Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve, part of the Whatcom County Park system, including a 2.2-mile loop with a one mile viewpoint spur trail, a quick waterfall trail, and lower loop trail. Alternatively, head up and up to Lookout Mountain on an eight mile service road.
 
 
Dirty Face Lookout and Peak

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5989.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
Dirty Face Lookout is one of the earliest high Central Cascade trails to melt out. At four miles and with 4000 feet of elevation gain, the trail provides hikers with a very good workout. Along the way, you'll have lots to look at, as the elevation change can roll an entire season of wildflowers into a single hike. Rock roses and paintbrush bob near the trailhead, while avalanche lilys sway in the breeze near the summit. When you aren't looking at the wildflowers, the vistas are outstanding.
 
 
North Mountain Lookout

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3956.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
North Mountain is home to a network of mountain bike trails which can be accessed at many points along the North Mountain road, but the lookout tower is a destination in itself.
 
 
Clear Lost Trail to Lost Lake Lookout

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
14.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 3897 ft.
Highest Point: 6316.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
This trek to a former lookout site ambles past lakes, up through quiet forest, and into the popular Goat Rocks Wilderness.
 
 
Tatoosh Lookout

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4100 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
The lookout is gone, but the stunning views remain. To the north is Mount Rainier with a turquoise tarn and rugged rock ridges in the foreground. A clear day reveals three other volcanos to the south and west.
 
 
Chiliwist Lookout Trail

Central Washington -- Wenatchee

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1576 ft.
Highest Point: 3078.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Hiking through the sagebrush steppe is generally wide open: huge vistas of rolling hills, faraway mountains, endless sage and bitterbrush. The trail here can vary in length due to seasonal closures. Nearly the entire trail is an old roadbed which served a USFS fire lookout from 1934-58. Though the first few miles are very much a road the openness of the terrain makes this easy to forget. The last mile or more has long been abandoned and is quickly being reclaimed.
 
 
Jumpoff Joe Lookout

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2531 ft.
Highest Point: 5749.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Hiking to Jumpoff Lookout may not be for everybody, but if you make the trek, it has a lot to offer. From a family-friendly lake to a more challenging climb to a fire lookout.
 
 
Thorp Mountain Lookout via Thorp Creek

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2484 ft.
Highest Point: 5884.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(9 votes)
It’s possible to reach the lookout on top of Thorp Mountain four different ways. But this route offers a nice detour to a little lake, where you can have a snack and size up your objective before continuing on your way.
 
 
Tyee Lookout

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2160 ft.
Highest Point: 6640.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
It is possible to drive all the way to the top of Tyee Ridge for majestic views of the land below. But the last 4 miles of the road to the top is extremely rough, so visitors can make that section a short hike with fabulous views.
 
 
Steliko Lookout

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2586.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A lookout accessible via a steep Forest Service road. Drive to it in the summer, or get a big workout climbing to it in the winter.
 
 
Goat Peak Lookout

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
3.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 7001.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.39
(18 votes)
Views of majestic peaks and the vibrant golden hues of larches come autumn - Goat Peak Lookout offers both, as well as the commanding views you'd expect of a working fire lookout. Though steep at times, the trail's short length makes it a perfect hike to introduce kids and newer hikers to the grandeur of the Methow and North Cascades.
 
 
Lookout Tree

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
The Lookout Tree trail a short, no longer maintained section of trail off of the Mountain Loop Highway. Hikers who want to visit should use caution. The trail used to be connected to the Beaver Lake trail, but it is now separated by a slide into Sauk River.
 
 
Red Mountain Lookout

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 4968.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Near the famous Indian Racetrack in the Indian Heaven Wilderness, Red Mountain Lookout makes an excellent addition to any outing here. Hike there, or make it a quick stop from the road -- either way, it's a must-see.
 
 
Purcell Lookout

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5442.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Though the road to Purcell Lookout is long washed-out, and the trail can be rugged and hard to follow, those who head here will be rewarded with incredible panoramic views of the stunning South Cascades.
 
 
Lookout Mountain Lookout - Methow

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5518.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(7 votes)
This scenic hike can be done in under two hours, and along the way you'll enjoy panoramic views, lush forest, wildflowers, and a historic lookout tower that ups the coolness factor.
 
 
Lookout Mountain Snowshoe - Methow

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3140 ft.
Highest Point: 5515.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Lookout Mountain is a strenuous snowshoe trip with few places to park your car. but once you hit the summit, you'll enjoy grand views from a lonely peak.
 
 
Alpine Lookout

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 6235.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(9 votes)
This is one of the most popular hikes along the US 2 corridor, and it's easy to understand why: a historic and active fire lookout, an enclave for mountain goats, miles of flower-blooming meadows, jaw-slacking views of Lake Wenatchee, Glacier Peak, and hundreds of other peaks. It's amazing there aren't more hikers sunning themselves on this Nason Ridge summit. And being on one of the area's first high peaks to shed its winter snows, Alpine Lookout makes for an excellent early summer adventure.
 
 
Leecher Mountain Lookout

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 5008.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
"Lightning" Bill Austin from the Goat Peak Lookout had a brief stint here in 2014, but was moved back to Goat Peak before the end of the summer. Hikers to Leecher may or may not find into a ranger staffing the lookout at the summit, but the views from the 40-foot tower are sublime either way.
 
 
South Point Lookout

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 5980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.86
(7 votes)
Like most lookouts, South Point offers excellent views at a price. A trail that sees little maintenance on a remote ranger district, you'll expend a little sweat getting to this gorgeous vista.
 
 
Haystack Ridge Lookout Site

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 
 
Camp 2 - Lookout Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 2767.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(8 votes)