Red Top Lookout
US 225, WA 28
Red Top Lookout - 2017

Red Top Lookout - 2017 - courtesy of Jacob Monahan

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 225, WA 28 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered August 6, 1997
Nominated by Ray Kresek, Washington Registrar
Location Wenatchee National Forest
Kittitas County, Washington
Coordinates N 47° 18.092' W 120° 45.638' (view using Google Maps)
N 47° 18' 06" W 120° 45' 38"
N 47.301540° W 120.760629°
Elevation 5,168 ft (1,575 m)
Built 1952
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Cle Elum Ranger District & Friends of Red Top Lookout


On August 26,1997, a group of lookout enthusiasts gathered at Red Top Lookout on the Wentachee National Forest in Washington to dedicate the lookout on the National Historic Lookout Register. The event capped a two-year restoration effort by the Friends of Red Top Mountain and the Cle Elum Ranger District.

The L-4 wooden cab with catwalk on a 10’ timber tower had been battered by 45 years of weather and was beginning to show it. It replaced a D-6 cupola ground house built in 1928. The lookout is now back in active service both for fire detection and a public information site for the 350 million year-old jasper geodes which are found nearby.


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2021 - courtesy of Benjamin West

1939 - D6 Cupola

1939 - D6 Cupola