Park Butte Lookout
US 533, WA 52

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 533, WA 52 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered December 1, 2003
Nominated by Ray Kresek
Location Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Whatcom County, Washington
Coordinates N 48° 42.957' W 121° 51.358' (view using Google Maps)
N 48° 42' 57" W 121° 51' 21"
N 48.715950° W 121.855970°
Elevation 5,369 ft (1,636 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Mount Baker Ranger District and Skagit Alpine Club
Available for Rental Yes, learn more


Sitting on a ridge above timberline on the southern flank of Mt. Baker is Park Butte Lookout. The 14'x14' live-in L-4 with catwalk was constructed by the Forest Service in 1932 and was in service until 1961. Since then the Skagit Alpine Club has maintained it. When Mt. Baker threatened to erupt in the 1970s, the restored lookout served as an observatory for volcano monitors. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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