Gold Mountain Lookout
US 1526, WA 75
Gold Mountain Lookout - 2019

Gold Mountain Lookout - 2019 - courtesy of Christine Estrada

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1526, WA 75 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered April 11, 2022
Nominated by Christine Estrada
Location Colville Indian Reservation
Ferry County, Washington
Coordinates N 48° 10.833' W 118° 28.026' (view using Google Maps)
N 48° 10' 50" W 118° 28' 02"
N 48.180553° W 118.467093°
Elevation 4,684 ft (1,428 m)
Built 1986
Administered by US Forest Service - Colville National Forest
Cooperators Colville Indian Reservation


Gold Mountain started as a lookout camp in 1914, then an L-4 cab was built in 1938. In 1963, a 20′ wooden tower with R-6 flat top cab was built and then the present 100′ steel tower was constructed in 1986.

Gold Mountain is the tallest live-in tower in Washington state and is staffed every summer.

In 1943 it was reported by the Colville Examiner that many teachers were employed as fire lookouts across the Colville National Forest, including Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Tolleson, from Colville on Gold mountain.


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Gold Mountain Lookout - 1960

Gold Mountain Lookout - 1960 - courtesy of The National Archive