Anytime I see the phrase “hidden gem” on-line I assume that it’s click-bait and preserve scrolling. Today we classify many sizzling canine stands, espresso retailers, and Netflix reveals with this cliche, collectively devaluing its value. Nonetheless, there are a number of exceptions, in our humble opinion, and Three Fingers Lookout is considered one of them.
The lookout is a historic hearth remark tower within the Mount Baker Nationwide Forest, a number of hours from Seattle, Washington. Inbuilt 1930, it’s one of the crucial distant hearth lookouts within the space and is maintained by an area climbing group.
The one-room wooden cabin is simply 14×14 ft, painted white and bolted straight into the rock. Excessive winds at Three Fingers are fairly frequent, so the lookout is laiden with burly picket window shutters and metal guylines that reinforce the inspiration. Constructed by two males over a three-year interval, it’s a real feat of engineering perched on high of a rock spire. Due to excessive prices, it was solely manned till 1942, and as a result of it’s difficult to get to, it isn’t visited too usually.
The drive to the trailhead is simple, however stuffed with potholes on a mud street, and the tip of the street is clear—due to a washout a number of years in the past the street is closed with a rock and filth barrier. That is the place the true enjoyable begins.