Tyee Mountain Lookout
US 125, WA 13

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 125, WA 13 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered July 1, 1995
Nominated by Ray Kresek, Washington Registrar
Location Wenatchee National Forest
Chelan County, Washington
Coordinates N 47° 51.837' W 120° 28.267' (view using Google Maps)
N 47° 51' 50" W 120° 28' 16"
N 47.863954° W 120.471109°
Elevation 6,511 ft (1,985 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Entiat Ranger District

Description

The Tyee Mountain Lookout made national headlines in the summer of 1994 when it reported the devastating Tyee Fire as a small lightning strike. The fire burned for weeks (180,000 acres) and the damage included 22 homes and the Tyee outhouse. The hip-roof L-4 14’ x 14’ groundhouse with catwalk was built in 1952 by the Wenatchee Nat. Forest.

On Feb. 8, 2013, Ken Jones reported: "I have been advised by the Entiat RD Fire Mgmt Officer that Tyee LO can not be used, even by volunteers, because the lightning protection system is apparently not up to code. Cost to upgrade the system would be several thousand dollars, which isn’t in their budgets. Therefore, there are no plans to utilize Tyee in the foreseeable future. Considering all the repair and maintenance work that has been done so far, this is a real shame."

Map

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Photos

View of Mott Creek fire from interior (photo courtesy Ken Jones)

View of Mott Creek fire from interior (photo courtesy Ken Jones)

Photo courtesy Ken Jones 2009

Photo courtesy Ken Jones 2009

Photo courtesy Ken Jones 2009

Photo courtesy Ken Jones 2009

Photo courtesy Ken Jones 2009

Photo courtesy Ken Jones 2009

Visit Reports

August 3, 2010: Ken Jones

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No Response
Comments: The cab has had some improvements over the past 3 years, such as new foundation, new catwalk and roof. However, it desperately needs paint, interior and exterior. The steps also need paint, possibly replacement. Still a broken window from last year. 3 shutters are missing, although FS has told me they have been built and are just waiting for the opportunity to install them (fire season is in full swing now). There is keen interest in the district to fix up the lookout, but time is the limiting factor.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? There is a blank sign post at the lookout. One visitor asked me what the name of the lookout was (he didn't even have a map with him). No signs at the road junctions.

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
This lookout is staffed by volunteers. FS employees staff during lightning activity if no volunteers available. Too bad this lookout isn't staffed by full time personnel like it used to. During the week I was there (7/24 to 8/1/2010) there was a lot of lightning and I reported 10 fires.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
A couple of volunteers could probably get the lookout completely painted in a couple of days. Somebody good with window glazing is needed--the glass is at the lookout.

July 21, 2011: Bob and Susan Adler

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No Response
Comments: 3 shutters are broken and off. one window broken out, one cracked, many need putty repaired. Paint peeling everywhere. Roof is new!!!! Historic Lookout registry sign there, lookout sign and elevation missing. One 2x12 stair broken.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: there is a repeater at the lookout.
Other enroachments? outhouse floor crumbling...needs concrete and throne reattached.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? No

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
contact is jsmothers@fs.fed.us; I am told he allows volunteer staff and assistance, but have not yet contacted him.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes

July 30, 2011: Ken Jones

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No Response
Comments: As noted earlier, the roof is brand new cedar shake; foundation is new; two broken windows. Most windows need caulking. New shutters built and painted should be installed August 2011 (new shutters built last year were destroyed when the FS work center at Steliko burned down). Still needs paint and repair/paint of stairs.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? The road (FS 5713) is rough and rocky but all kinds of vehicles have made it to the top. Slow, careful driving is required. Awesome views. Two geocaches located nearby.

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
Staffed by volunteers.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response