Green Mountain

Green Mountain Fire Lookout with shutters open, photo USFS

Green Mountain's first Fire Lookout was a camp in 1919.  In 1933 the CCC constructed a tower and L-4cab for  fire detection and it continued to serve in this capacity into the 1980s.  When aerial fire surveillance became the norm wilderness rangers were stationed at the lookout.  A cedar shake cabin was built below the lookout in 1942 and has since been removed.  In 1987 the lookout was listed on the National Register Of Historic Places.   Green Mountain Lookout is located 17 miles east of Darrington on Green Mountain, elevation 6,500 feet.

Looking up Green Mountain at the lookout, photo USFS

For decades the old fire lookout has been the destination of the Green Mountain day hike where hikers could gaze out from the windows to the surrounding mountains.  After many years and high elevation winters the lookout was closed to the public due to an unstable catwalk and a failing foundation.  Forest Service rehabilitation of the lookout began in 1998.  The project received wide public support and Washington State Historic Preservation concurrence, and grant funding was received.  Restoration began in 1999.  The first plan was to repair the structure on site, but efforts failed in 2000 due to heavy snows.  At risk of loosing the structure, the lookout was disassembled, each piece being carefully tagged so they could be reassemble it later.  The lookout was lifted by helicopter and taken to the Darrington Ranger Station for restoration.  In 2003 and 2006 severe storms washed out roads making them undriveable, by 2009 access finally improved allowing the foundation to be repaired and the pieces were flown back by helicopter and re-assembled at the site. 

Green Mountain Fire Lookout and its surrounding mountains, photo USFS

 Today the Green Mountain Fire Lookout is back home overlooking its surrounding mountains serving for
decades for fire detection and a warm, dry haven for the traveler.  The Green Mountain Lookout was threatened by a lawsuit by the Wilderness Watch charging that the Forest Service was in violation of the Wilderness Act by reinstating the lookout to Green Mountain, the place where it once was built and served for so long.  Due to overwhelming public outcry, much of this championed by Darrington Historical Society past president Leah Tyson this issue went to court.  Green Mountain Fire Lookout will remain on its mountain where it will continue to serve as it has done for so long.