USA: Alpine Lookout, Lunch Break, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, WA State

360° panorama by Bill Edwards.
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It’s a beautiful day in Washington’s Central Cascades and we celebrate with a hike to Alpine Lookout. This is a fire lookout site that was originally established in 1920 with an L-4 Cab fire lookout built in 1936. The L-4 Cab was replaced by the current R-6 Cab in 1976. It is one of the few remaining fire lookouts in Washington that is still standing and staffed every summer by the U.S. Forest Service. Alpine Lookout is listed in the National Historic Lookout Register. Today on the 4th of June the cabin is still locked waiting for the summer lookout to arrive. The trail to the lookout, at 6,237 feet, is just over 10 miles round trip with 2,600 feet of cumulative elevation gain.

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