Hike to Heybrook Lookout

Gold Bar, Washington

4.6/5
based on 8 reviews

Details

Distance

2.6 miles

Elevation Gain

850 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Rose Freeman

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!

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Reviews

Takes about 30 minutes assuming a strong pace. Highly recommended!

Steady incline the whole way up to the lookout, very quick (about 2-3 hours total depending on how long you stay at the top) perfect for beginners or a warmup to other hikes. Not too many people for a Saturday morning, view is great from the ground but especially stunning from the top of the lookout. Pack a lunch and stay a while!

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.

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!

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.

It is an enchanting little walk in the winter (went in late December), just remember to bring those microspikes/crampons and marvel at how the forest transforms under feet of snow.

A short hike but don't be deceived, almost everyone I passed was taking a break because it's basically all uphill! However, the end is worth it. The lookout is awesome and I can't wait to go back for sunrise/sunset.

We got turned around a bit and happened on our destination quite accidentally. Lush green mosses and ferns abound. Beautiful colors and a looming haze added to the slightly mystical intrigue on our way up. The hike is not too long and before you know it your under the overlook tower. Plenty of room to hang out and picnic for a while. I'll be back in the summer in hopes that the fog will be gone and will not obstruct the view from the top.

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