Cornell Butte Lookout
US 1524, WA 73
Cornell Butte Lookout

Cornell Butte Lookout - courtesy of Christine Estrada

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1524, WA 73 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered April 11, 2022
Nominated by Christine Estrada
Location Okanogan National Forest
Okanogan County, Washington
Coordinates N 48° 35.662' W 118° 53.423' (view using Google Maps)
N 48° 35' 40" W 118° 53' 25"
N 48.594366° W 118.890378°
Elevation 5,062 ft (1,543 m)
Built 1958
Administered by US Forest Service - Okanogan National Forest
Cooperators Private Owner


This 42′ all steel lookout was built in 1958, then purchased by a private party in 1996 and slated for removal.

According to the Forest Service, Cornell hasn’t been used regularly since 1971, but no funding exists for removing the tower, which has been heavily damaged and vandalized.

The North Star Fire in September 2015 burned the surrounding area, sending embers into Cornell’s cab that caught some of the floor boards on fire. The bottom stairs were removed for visitor safety.


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