Slate Peak Lookout
Posted by: B+L
N 48° 44.525 W 120° 40.806
10U E 670551 N 5401380
Quick Description: A fire lookout tower in the Okanogan National Forest
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 7/23/2008 3:52:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM48ZW
At 7400', Slate Peak is the highest point in Washington State reachable by automobile.
In the early 1950's, the Air Force commandeered the site, built a road and blasted 41 feet off the top of the mountain to create a level site for a radar installation. The project was declared obsolete before it was completed and the site was returned to the Forest Service. The current treated timber tower was constructed in 1956. The tower is was raised to the exact height of the missing mountain top to restore an unobstructed view of the surrounding area.
The lookout is only manned during fire emergencies and was last used in 1996 as a radio relay during the Elbow Basin fire. The lookout is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register.
Slate Peak lookout is reached by driving 9 miles up Hart's Pass, then another 3 miles on Slate Peak road, followed by a moderate 1/4 mile hike past a permanently locked gate. The hike can be longer if there are lingering snow patches on the road.
The road has some rough sections, but high clearance vehicles are not required. Some care should be taken as it is not unusual to meet oncoming traffic.
Height of Look-Out Tower in feet: 41.00
Opening times and fees:
Late June through September, depending on snow conditions.
Parking Area: N 48° 44.267 W 120° 40.723
Please log only if you have been up there and you must include a photo of the scenic view from the top.