Flattop Mountain Lookout
US 188, WA 23

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 188, WA 23 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered November 25, 1996
Nominated by Ray Kresek, Washington Registrar
Location Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Skamania County, Washington
Coordinates N 46° 01.664' W 121° 36.735' (view using Google Maps)
N 46° 01' 40" W 121° 36' 44"
N 46.027730° W 121.612250°
Elevation 4,366 ft (1,331 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Mt. Adams Ranger District


Twice featured in National Geographic Magazine, Flattop Mountain Lookout in Washington's Gifford Pinchot National Forest has a stunning view of Mt. Adams. The two story ground house with 12' x 12' cab featuring slanted solid glass windows, was to have been a prototype replacement for the standard U.S. Forest Service lookout in the Pacific Northwest, but the relatively mundane R-6 flattop design won out. No longer in active use, and found recently to be located 40' across the boundary on state land, the lookout was almost removed to make way for a microwave tower. A fast-track restoration initiative is underway in an attempt to save the historic structure.


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Visit Reports

May 15, 2005: Ken Jones


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? No Response
Comments: The building has been completely neglected for several years, although it appears to be structurally sound enough for restoration. There is a hole in the roof and several stair steps are missing.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Other enroachments? There is a microwave tower near the lookout.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? No road sign references to the lookout.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response