COOK CREEK LOOKOUT
R.I.P. 1927-1955
Developed in 1927, this giant Douglas Fir tree was topped at 179', stripped of its bark, and had 3-foot steel rods driven in a winding, circular pattern up the tree. A steel cable wrapped through the eyes of the rods around the tree served to tighten them to the tree as well as serve as a handrail. A 7x7' cab was mounted to the treetop, with the top of the tree used as the firefinder stand. Apparently in 1955, the tree snapped in two, and all that remains today is 35' of the tree base and remnants of the stairway.
Quinault Indian Reservation
10 miles SW of Lake Quinault
Grays Harbor County, Washington
Elevation 179'
USGS Benchmark SD0695

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Cook Creek L.O.
Photo courtesy the Dave Bula collection