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The highest lookout was at 12,276 feet on Mount Adams, but it was used for only three seasons, then abandoned to the year-round ice.The most difficult to reach was Three Fingers; the approach was (and still is) a series of ladders spiked into a 100-foot rock wall.By the mid-1970s, most lookouts had been abandoned as fire-detection began to rely more on technology and aerial reconnaissance.
After a botched attempt to restore the cabin onsite, winter damage necessitated removing the entire structure by helicopter for offsite restoration.
There was also a shake cabin added just below in the summit in 1942 which has since been removed.
In the interest of being as up-to-date and correct as possible with the information I put on my website, I have included at the end of this page Craig's detailed notes of the differences between his list and mine.
Devastating fires, such as the Yacolt Burn of 1902, inspired the construction of a vast National network of fire lookout stations in the 1920s.
Established as a camp in 1919, this L-4 cab, built in 1933, was staffed sporadically into the 1990s.
It is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register and the National Register of Historic Places.First developed about 1926 with a 10x10' shake cabin, a 20' treated timber tower with L-4 cab replaced it in 1938.The present 20' treated timber tower with L-4 cab, built in 1953, is staffed by volunteers.I try to keep my fire lookout records as accurate as possible, so I would appreciate being notified if/when any more of the remaining 87 fire lookouts are no longer standing.**During aerial photography flights over the wintery North Cascades, John Scurlock and I have photographed a handful of lookouts, mostly in the Baker-Snoqualmie NF / NCNP region, and a few in the Wenatchee and Okanogan NF regions.An aerial photo is given if I have taken one.** Built in the mid-1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this 45' stone tower with live-in top floor observatory served as a state lookout until the mid-1960s when the number of tourists interfered with the firewatcher's duties.Some of the standing lookouts even have beds and stoves for a first-come, first-serve overnight stay.