Moses Mountain Lookout
US 1555, WA 83
Moses Mountain Lookout and Residence Cabin - 2018

Moses Mountain Lookout and Residence Cabin - 2018 - courtesy of Christine Estrada

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1555, WA 83 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered April 13, 2022
Nominated by Christine Estrada
Location Colville Indian Reservation
Okanogan County, Washington
Coordinates N 48° 22.304' W 119° 03.675' (view using Google Maps)
N 48° 22' 18" W 119° 03' 40"
N 48.371733° W 119.061244°
Elevation 6,777 ft (2,066 m)
Built 1938
Administered by Colville Indian Reservation


Moses Mountain was established as a lookout in 1914 with a crows nest tree platform and cabin. In 1923, a 30′ pole tower and cab replaced the tree, then a 35′ steel tower was constructed in 1930.

The current 123′ Aermotor steel tower was built in 1938 and is the tallest lookout tower in the Pacific Northwest. Aermotor steel towers were built by the Aermotor Company of Chicago, IL, founded in 1888. In the 1920s, a few steel towers started showing up in the Pacific Northwest and in the 1930s, several more were built predominantly east of the Cascades.

Moses was abandoned in the mid-1980s and evidence suggests that the 1930 tower was moved to Grizzly Mountain in 1941.


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Moses Mountain Lookout - 1938

Moses Mountain Lookout - 1938 - courtesy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs


1924 - courtesy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs