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.
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.
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.
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!
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.