Hike up through a mossy forest to a lookout towering high above the trees to see Mount Index and other peaks in the Central Cascades! Total mileage: 2.6 miles, roundtrip. Elevation gain: 850 feet. Highest Point: 1,700 feet.

To the trailhead, drive east on highway 2 from Everett. Just past milepost 37 you will see a gravel parking area on the left side of the highway.

Wander through a mossy forest that reminds me of Olympic National Park and traverse up 1.3 miles of switch backs to ascend heybrook lookout! Dogs are allowed on leash.

When we hiked here, the sun peaked through the fog to give us spectacular views of Mount Index. From the lookout, bring binoculars to also see Bridal Veil Falls tucked into the hillside!

Pack List

  • Northwest Forest Pass required
  • Osprey Mira 26 Hydration Pack
  • Lowa boots
  • Trekking poles
  • Extra clothing layers
  • Map
  • Headlamp
  • First aid
  • Waterproof matches
  • Extra food
  • Camera!
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RT Distance 2.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 850 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic

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Rent the lookout

Reserving the cabin is very difficult to do, but it's well worth it. The views for sunsets and sunrises are incredible. It's cool to see the lookout for just a hike and it's worth stopping by if you are passing through but I wouldn't come to the area for just this hike. If you stay in the lookout make sure to wake up in the middle of the night to see the stars and also be prepared for the day hikers to try to open the entry door and asking if anyone is up there.

The view 😍

This is a fairly short hike, I went with three of my friends. I didn’t take my dog however I’m sure he would have loved it! Definitely worth the trip, would hike again!

Fun Hike Off Highway

This is a fun little hike right off of the highway. Be aware that many cars are broken into at the trailhead because it is so easy to access.


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