Heybrook Lookout

Heybrook Lookout

Elev. Gain: 
850 ft.
High: 
1,700 ft.
Where:
Index, WA
Distance: 
2.60 miles (round trip)
Difficulty: 
Easy
Rating: 
3
Fun destination. Nice views. Close to highway. Short trail.
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Features

Overview

There's something about old fire lookout towers that gets the imagination going. Those impossibly built stilts that seem like they'll topple at any moment, the wonder of how the heck they got all that material up there, and the simple joy of climbing up to the top to see what the mysterious forest rangers that occupy them get to see.

Heybrook stands fast in this tradition, and as far as lookouts go, it's one of the easiest to get to and offers incredible views of Sky Valley, Baring Mountain, and Mt. Index. To top that off, it's accessible year-round.

From the edge of Highway 2, follow the well-pounded trail on a fairly steep – but spectacularly constructed – route to the lookout tower. You'll switch back through heavy canopy at times, and the view is veiled pretty well until you are within a stone's throw of the destination. The tower itself is 70 feet tall with seven flights of stairs to the viewing platform.

Permits & Tips

Northwest Forest Pass required. No toilets or water. Don't leave valuables in car. Careful in the gravel parking pullout – cars fly by at high speeds.

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How to get there

Drive on US 2 east to milepost 37 (2.2 miles east of the steel bridge crossing the Skykomish River) to the trailhead.
Big gravel pullout is located on the north (left) side of the highway just after entering Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.