An imposing lookout site on top of a rocky point. When built in 1933, the lookout was reached by a 15-mile trail. In 1968, when it first appeared in our 100 Hikes in Western Washington book, the trail had been shortened to 8 miles. Logging roads chewed up the trail until, in 1970, when the first edition of 101 Hikes in the North Cascades was published, only 2.5 miles were left. However, by the second edition, in 1979, the trail was lost in a tangle of logs, stumps, and waist-high brush. I poked around and, by hiking a half mile of an abandoned spur road with a short climb through a stand of trees, I discovered the last half mile of trail was still useable.
Since then I have been given a copy of the Forest Service’s directive, which states that the loggers were to restore the trail when the cutting was finished. But the left hand doesn’t always listen to the right hand, and nothing has been done. The views are still there and are no longer blocked by all those old, dying, mature trees.
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