Heybrook Lookout Trail

Index, Washington

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Here is a restored fire lookout close to the proposed Wild Sky Wilderness and low enough for year-round hikes on a trail short enough for young children. Because the slope faces south, this hike can be done in winter months when most trails are filled with snow. The wooded path switchbacks up through second-growth forest to a restored lookout building perched on top of a wooden tower. Children will enjoy mounting the steps to the top, and viewing the sharp north, middle, and main peaks of Mount Index; Mount Baring; Mount Persis; and the Skykomish River valley lying before them, just as old-time fire lookouts did. Dramatic Bridal Veil Falls pours from Lake Serene across the valley below Mount Index. The lookout was rebuilt by the Forest Service and has been saved as a National Historic Monument. It is maintained by the Everett Mountaineers. Work crews access it by a service road, once the only lookout access.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Here is a restored fire lookout close to the proposed Wild Sky Wilderness and low enough for year-round hikes on a trail short enough for young children. Because the slope faces south, this hike can be done in winter months when most trails are filled with snow. The wooded path switchbacks up through second-growth forest to a restored lookout building perched on top of a wooden tower.

Children will enjoy mounting the steps to the top, and viewing the sharp north, middle, and main peaks of Mount Index; Mount Baring; Mount Persis; and the Skykomish River valley lying before them, just as old-time fire lookouts did. Dramatic Bridal Veil Falls pours from Lake Serene across the valley below Mount Index. The lookout was rebuilt by the Forest Service and has been saved as a National Historic Monument. It is maintained by the Everett Mountaineers. Work crews access it by a service road, once the only lookout access.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Index
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 800 feet
Top Elevation: 1,700 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 142 Index; USGS Index
Driving Directions: Directions to Heybrook Lookout Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/22/2012
0

Beautiful day in the Northwest. Time/Temperature sign said 77 as we were coming through Sultan around 4:00 pm. Trail was a bit muddy in spots, worst spot near trailhead. Scenery was as advertised - beautiful view from top. Definitely recommend it - easy day hike, fairly short drive to get there. Dogs had a great time, too (always so many interesting smells in the woods).


5/25/2009
1

Fun and easy hike. The steepest part is the beginning and then it levels out a bit, but it is uphill the whole way. Before you know it you'll be at the top. Not much scenery along the way, but it has a pretty good view at the top. Well worth it!! Great for kids and dogs, too.



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