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Granite Mountain, Summit Friends, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington State
The midday sun illuminates the summit of Granite Mountain on a perfect late summer day as wispy cirrus clouds swirl overhead. A new friend pauses near the fire lookout tower at the summit of Granite Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington. With 3,800 feet of elevation gain over 8 miles round trip navigating a steep and rocky trail it’s a strenuous hike, but worth it. Granite Mountain has one of the last operational fire lookout towers in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, as well as sweeping panoramic views. Mount Rainier is visible on the horizon to the right of the lookout tower. The views are spectacular and there are huckleberries and wildflower meadows on the south side on the way up. For your history buffs: Ray Kresek’s ‘Fire Lookouts of the Northwest’ dates the earliest forest lookout station on the summit of Granite Mountain to the 1920s. An elevated D-6 cupola style cabin was constructed in 1924 and the current 10’ wide L-4 cabin was built in 1955.
Copyright: Bill Edwards
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 16474x8237
Taken: 12/09/2019
Uploaded: 16/09/2019


Tags: alpine lakes wilderness; cascades; fire lookout; fire lookout tower; granite mountain; granite mountain lookout; hike; hikes; hiking; mountain; mountains; peak; peaks; snoqualmie pass; trail; trails; washington
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