2009 photo by Gary Weber
|Registry Numbers||US 1094, WA 60 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)|
|Date Registered||January 3, 2015|
|Nominated by||Alan Sprouse|
|Location||Snohomish County, Washington|
N 47° 48.628' W 121° 31.507' (view using Google Maps)
N 47° 48' 38" W 121° 31' 30"
N 47.810474° W 121.525118°
|Elevation||1,618 ft (493 m)|
This wooden tower, approximately 63 feet high, is standard but its cab is unique. It looks like an R-6 flattop design, but it is not. The cab was designed by the Forest Products Lab in 1963 at the request of the USFS Region 6 engineers. They were looking for lightweight materials, including new wood products recently available but not yet used for lookout cab construction. Besides being lighter weight, the cab was to be prefabricated off site, then packed in bundles that could be delivered on site by helicopter. This a procedure similar to how the L-4 cabs of the 1930s were packaged to be delivered by mule train. Being a trial design, they elected to construct it at a location accessible by road.
For whatever reason, cost or maintenance, this design has not been used again.
|Needs paint?||No Response|
|Condition of wood OK?||Yes|
|Comments:||The tower is in great shape. It is made of moslty large timbers.|
Electronics and Enroachments
|Are electronic sites enroaching on tower?||No|
|Comments:||The view is good.|
Access and Signs
|NHLR sign posted?||No|
|Directions to tower signed?||No|
|Comments?||The three mile round trip hike is of moderate difficulty with nice scenery. There are rock out croppings on the trail that require attention while hiking. There is a picknic table at the base of the tower, however my family and I ate at the top and fed the birds a little bread.|
I was unable to find out if the tower is ever staffed. The tower is in great shape and could easily be used.
Opportunities for Volunteer Support
|Volunteers staffing opportunities?||Yes|
|Volunteer maintenance opportunities?||
There is a group taking care of the lookout.