High Rock Lookout
US 387, WA 47

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 387, WA 47 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered June 1, 2001
Nominated by Bud Panco
Location Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Lewis County, Washington
Coordinates N 46° 41.070' W 121° 54.000' (view using Google Maps)
N 46° 41' 04" W 121° 54' 00"
N 46.684500° W 121.900000°
Elevation 5,288 ft (1,612 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

Description

Undoubtedly one of the most spectacular lookouts in America, High Rock is on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest just south of Mt. Ranier National Park. The 14' x 14' gable roof L-4 ground house with catwalk was built in 1929 and staffed the same year. It is perched on the edge of a 1200' sheer cliff. The historic site is carefully maintained by the Forest Service and is reached by a 1.6 mile trail which is usually free of snow by July 1. The NHLR certificate was presented at the Circle of Stewards meeting in June 2001 to Harry Cody, District Ranger and Bud Panco, longtime High Rock observer.

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Visit Reports

October 21, 2006: Shawn Seeger

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: This lookout is fantastic! But it does need some work, paint, cable tightening, replace handcable posts replaced, and some board replacement.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? Access is from forest service road. There was no sign that I saw. The hike is steep, with an aprx 1400ft elev gain in 1.6 miles. No toilets, No Water... go prepared.

Staffing

Staffed? No
Not when I was there the last 2 months, September/October.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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

August 14, 2011: Johnny Breedlove

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: Paint is peeling and could be updated in the next couple of years for sure. There was a cracked window and a piece of tape on the door window, presumably a crack. The structure was sound and sturdy.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: Awesome view

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? There was one directional sign coming in off NF-52 which stated the lookout was 23 miles out. There were not any other signs directing folk to the trailhead. At the trailhead the sign was standing and mostly readable but damaged.

Staffing

Staffed? No
Don't believe this unit is staffed.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response
I do not know