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Red Mountain Lookout

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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2.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

This seldom-used trail within Glacier Peak Wilderness leads through an old-growth forest with magnificent, large trees to the site of an old fire lookout build in the 1930s.

Some of the firs in the deep forest on both sides of the trail measure six feet thick at their base. The former lookout site has excellent views of the Pride Basin glaciers and land to the south.

The trail ends at a rock outcropping a short distance beyond the former lookout site. There is no structure here, all that remains of the former fire lookout is the spectacular views of the surrounding valley and craggy mountains.

Some folks push past the official end of the trail to the summit of Painted Mountain, but this is a challenging route that requires comfort with scrambling and navigation. 


Red Mountain Lookout

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0583, -121.2879 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

Red Mountain Lookout Trail (#651)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Getting There

From Darrington, take the Mountain Loop Highway approximately 17 miles to the Sloan Creek Road (FR49) and turn left. Follow the road for 6.6 miles to the North Fork Sauk Trail 649. The Red Mountain Trail begins 100 yards in from trailhead, on the left.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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