16 Scenic Fire Lookout Hikes

Admin

Panoramic views from the best seat in the house.

We know it really is all about the journey, but it's also great to have an epic reward to look forward to at the end of a hike. Lookouts formally used to survey and monitor forest fires dot the country atop some of the most scenic mountain ranges on the continent. These now retired or abandoned lookouts serve as the perfect place to rest up, eat lunch, and take in the view. There are hundreds of retired lookouts across the country, so take a look at our list of 16 epic fire tower hikes and start planning your next adventure.

1. Goat Peak, WA

Distance: 5 miles | Elevation gain: 1,400 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Derek Cook

2. Gold Butte, OR

Distance: 3.2 miles | Elevation gain: 800 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Jeffrey Green

3. Mt. Beacon, NY

Distance: 3.9 miles | Elevation gain: 1,561 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Shaun O'neill

4. Coffin Mountain, OR

Distance: 5 miles | Elevation gain: 1,070 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Jeffrey Green

5. Mt. Sterling, NC

Distance: 12 miles | Elevation gain: 4,200 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Brendon Pierson

6. Tolmie Peak, WA

Distance: 7.5 miles | Elevation gain: 1,100 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Mitch Pittman

7. Calpine, CA

Distance: 1.5 miles | Elevation gain: minimal | Learn more.

Photo: Clare Healy

8. Park Butte, WA

Distance: 7.5 miles | Elevation gain: 2,200 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Holly Johnson

9. Black Butte, OR

Distance: 4 miles | Elevation gain: 1,555 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Jeffrey Green

10. Martis Peak, CA

Distance: 7.5 miles | Elevation gain: 1,700 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Jason Barnes

11. Fremont, WA

Distance: 5.5 miles | Elevation gain: 800 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Mitch Pittman

12. Granite Mountain, WA

Distance: 9 miles | Elevation gain: 3,800 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Casey Sullivan

13. Angora Ridge, CA

Distance: 3.5 miles | Elevation gain: 500 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Jake Young

14. Winchester Mountain, WA

Distance: 2.5 miles | Elevation gain: 1,300 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Beau Ramsey

15. High Rock, WA

Distance: 3.2 miles | Elevation gain: 1,365 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Jake Anderson

16. Mt. Pilchuck, WA

Distance: 5.5 miles | Elevation gain: 2,200 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Scott Kranz

Don't see your favorite fire lookout hike on The Outbound? Show us by creating a new adventure!

Published: July 16, 2015

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.

Autumnal Plum & Ginger Breakfast Feast

/

Recently we escaped for a weekend to a little camp spot up in the Catskill Mountains. Little did we know, a storm was rolling in so the night was spent bundled up listening to rain on the tent roof.

2 Saves

5 Tips for Finding Beautiful Fall Foliage in Massachusetts

/

1. Foliage Maps There are a bunch of tools and foliage maps online that you can use to find the perfect place to visit.

0 Saves

Trekking to Machu Picchu Without a Guide

/

Day One - The Departure | Humantay Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: +1200 ft     Our alarms were set for 5:30 AM.

2 Saves