Little Lookout on the Mountain

lizalady

Bellingham, United States

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Camera Model Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time 12/30/2012 4:00:58 PM
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/400
Av( Aperture Value ) 20

The historical Winchester Lookout, located in the North Cascades in the U.S. state of Washington, provides views of the Northern Picket Range, Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan and Canadian peaks. The steep snowfields usually require an ice-axe well into July. The Twin Lakes road may not be passable to the trailhead which will add 2 miles (3.2 km) to the hike. Volunteers from the Mount Baker Club maintain the lookout with 2 work parties per year.

The lookout is open to the public for day or overnight use on a first-come first-served basis. Fires are not permitted at all.

Winchester Mountain was named in the early 1900s by prospector Jack Post for the rifle he was carrying. This L-4 cab fire lookout was built in 1935 and staffed until 1966. The lookout was slated for demolition when in 1982 the Mount Baker Club, led by Gary Haufle, worked out a deal with the Forest Service to restore the lookout. The Forest Service provided the materials and the club provided all of the labor.

The trailhead for the trail to the top of Winchester Mountain is located between the two Twin Lakes. The steep trail, with a 1,300-foot (400 m) elevation gain, starts in beautiful tall treed forest with fantastic wildflower filled clearings and climbs high into the rough windswept and delicate alpine. There are two very narrow sections of trail with long drops that require sure footing are not for the faint of heart. The trail is 2.1 miles (3.4 km) one-way and rated “more difficult” by the U.S. Forest Service.

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