Kelly Butte Lookout
US 910, WA 59

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 910, WA 59 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered August 15, 2011
Nominated by Bob Adler
Location Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
King County, Washington
Coordinates N 47° 10.157' W 121° 29.422' (view using Google Maps)
N 47° 10' 09" W 121° 29' 25"
N 47.169278° W 121.490371°
Elevation 5,409 ft (1,649 m)
Built 1950
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Snoqualmie R.D., Enumclaw Ranger Station


The first lookout at Kelly Butte on the Snoqualmie National Forest was D-6 12'x12' cupola cabin build in 1926. In 1950 it was replaced by this 1932 14'x14' ground house with catwalk and staffed until the 1980s. Completely restored in 2011 with a new access trail, it will be placed in the cabin rental program and staffed in emergencies.


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From the trail looking north, July 2, 2011

From the trail looking north, July 2, 2011

 Plaque at dedication of Kelly Butte as a national historic building, September 2011

Plaque at dedication of Kelly Butte as a national historic building, September 2011

Visit Reports

September 29, 2012: Bob Adler


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: small leak in southwest corner of lookout. Some floor boards need renailing. A system needs to be devised to hold shutters closed (currently being screwed shut in winter) Some touchup paint needed. Catwalk and railing will need restain in 2013. Cedar shingle roof needs shake oil treatment to last. Shutters need metal supports to keep them from sagging.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? No
Enumclaw Ranger district has volunteer host program in place. Lookout is regularly hosted throughout the summer. Great job with that...keeps vandals away. I am concerned that the lookout is left entirely open when not hosted. Osborne Fire Finder vulnerable to theft.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
Trail needs brushing.