133 – Heybrook Fire Lookout

Fire lookouts are one of my favorite hiking destinations, and clear skies made this the perfect day to hike to the Heybrook Fire Lookout for the magnificant views.

Registering for Heybrook Fire Lookout hike
Registering for Heybrook Fire Lookout hike

The trail is a bit rugged in places as it works its way 850′ up through a now mossy forest that had been clearcut in the 1920s.

(pic by Kent) Along the trail to the fire lookout
(pic by Kent) Along the trail to the fire lookout

Constructed in 1965 and staffed until the early 1970’s, the original lookout was designed by former Washington State governor Dan Evans and rebuilt by Everett Mountaineer volunteers. The hike, described as “short and sweet and a tad bit steep” on the Washington Trails Association (WTA) website, is definitely worth the effort.

Kent by the Heybrook Fire Lookout
Kent by the Heybrook Fire Lookout

We climbed the sixty-seven steps to the observation deck where we could see Mount Persis, Mount Index, Philadelphia Mountain with even more peaks in the distance. What a great way to experience this piece of history!

At the top of the Heybrook Fire Lookout
At the top of the Heybrook Fire Lookout

More information and recent trip reports about the Heybrook Fire Lookout is available on the WTA website, here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/heybrook-lookout.

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