|Desolation Lookout in the North Cascades is my favorite one. I've spent a few nights here.|
So today I grabbed some bear spray and headed over to the park to hike to a lookout I try to visit at least once a year. I forgot that it was June already, so a seasonal gate was open, eliminating four miles of road walking. Score!
I was greeted by this sign:
However, there were quite a few folks on the trail, so I figured most bears would beat feet well away from there.
The trail winds through an old burn, gaining about 2000 feet of elevation in about 3.5 miles. It only took me an hour to get to the top.
I saw a grouse putting on a show.
The lookout is no longer staffed. I wanted to look inside, but it stays shuttered all year round.
The peak was still in the clouds, but I had glimpses of peaks in the park and the lake far below.
I sat on the catwalk, thinking about what it would have been like to work and live up here in 1929, when this lookout was built.