Mount Adams Lookout
US 840, WA 58

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 840, WA 58 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered November 30, 2009
Nominated by Ray Kresek
Location Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Yakima County, Washington
Coordinates N 46° 12.145' W 121° 29.450' (view using Google Maps)
N 46° 12' 09" W 121° 29' 27"
N 46.202420° W 121.490830°
Elevation 12,276 ft (3,742 m)
Built 1918
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Mt. Adams Ranger District


This 12'x12' wood frame D-6 cupola ground cabin with 1/4 size second story cupola was built by the U.S. Forest Service in 1918. One of the hardest to reach lookouts in the U.S., materials were packed up the mountain by mules to 4 miles below the summit, then hauled by four men to the summit using a deadman/rope technique. The structure was in service from 1921 to 1924 as a fire lookout. In 1932, miners began extracting pure sulfur from the volcano's summit vent, and lived in the cabin. Two lean-to additions were tacked onto the original cabin for their use during the next decade. The entire building has been entombed in the summit glacier since mid-20th century and only becomes visible for a few weeks in very dry summers.


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October 2015 photo by Ray Kresek

October 2015 photo by Ray Kresek

October 2015 photo by Ray Kresek

October 2015 photo by Ray Kresek

Visit Reports

August 31, 2019: Mariah Williams


Needs paint? Not Applicable
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Not Applicable
Glass intact? No
Good condition? No
Comments: Condition is to be expected based on where this lookout is located. Climbers were lounging on the roof because it was blocking the the wind. The building seems quite sturdy.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted?
Directions to tower signed?


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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


August 2019 photo

August 2019 photo - courtesy of Mariah Williams