Buck Mountain Lookout
US 362, WA 43

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 362, WA 43 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered November 20, 1999
Nominated by Ray Kresek, Washington Registrar
Location Okanogan County, Washington
Coordinates N 48° 26.196' W 119° 49.362' (view using Google Maps)
N 48° 26' 12" W 119° 49' 22"
N 48.436600° W 119.822700°
Elevation 6,007 ft (1,831 m)
Administered by Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
Cooperators Washington Dept. of Natural Resources


Buck Mountain Lookout was developed in 1919 by the state as a crow's nest and log cabin. In 1934 a 20' pole L-4 tower was built, and it was replaced in 1961 with the present 14' x 14' flat-gable Washington Department of Natural Resources live-in cab with catwalk on a 20' timber tower. It is maintained by the DNR for emergency use.


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June 2018 photo

June 2018 photo - courtesy of Nathan Rawson

Visit Reports

June 1, 2018: Nathan Rawson


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Lookout has boards that were replaced due to fire damage in 2015. Lookout is a sturdy. New boards are unpainted and current paint is chipping. All shutters were attached except one, which was sitting below the window.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: A small solar panel with a box, perhaps for the National Weather Service, is installed in a wide spot near the lookout.
Other enroachments? Burned timber near tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? Very rough road going up to the lookout. Took motorcycles to the lookout. It would be a tough road for a truck. Lots of big rocks in the roadway.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure