Heybrook Lookout
US 1094, WA 60
2009 photo by Gary Weber

2009 photo by Gary Weber

Lookout Details

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
Coordinates 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.


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Visit Reports

July 15, 2006: Alan Sprouse


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? 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.
Other enroachments? None

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.


Staffed? No
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? Yes
There is a group taking care of the lookout.