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Gold Bar, Washington

Hike to Heybrook Lookout

2.6 Miles Total - 850 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally 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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Quick intense trek with a worthy view

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

Short but sweet

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!

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.

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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