Sauk R.S. Lookout

The old Lookout Tree, photo by Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

You can't really say this lookout was constructed in a certain year as it has been growing for hundreds of years.  This ancient cedar tree was adapted to serve as a fire lookout in 1918 by driving spikes in the tree to serve as steps and a crows nest atop the tree so one could look out over the surrounding forest.  The lookout was abandoned in the 1930s.  You hike out to the old tree, now an ancient snag in the woods and still very impressive, on the Lookout Tree Trail #7831 today.