An aptly named summit, no one really knows the exact elevation of Lookout Mtn. Contour maps say 5515', the National Forest maps say 5522', and the summit sign says 5692'. Established as a camp lookout in 1916, a log cupola cabin was constructed in 1931. The present 25' timber tower with L-4 cab, built in 1937, was staffed regularly every summer up to 1997. Why it is not staffed full-time now is a curiousity, because this lookout averaged over a dozen first reports of fire per season. It is presently on emergency status, and is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register. Known lookout personnel: 1920: Colin Heath; 1923: Fred Perschke; 1929: J.C. Dawson; 1936-1955: Colin "Scotty" Gillies; 1958-Mike Hadfield.
Okanogan National Forest
4 miles SW of Twisp
Okanogan County, Washington
Elevation 5515'

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Lookout Mtn. in 1993
Photo courtesy of Rex Kamstra