Hiking For Her Book Review: Hiking Washingtons Fire Lookouts

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Hiking Washington’s
Fire Lookouts
by Amber Casali

Cover of Hiking Washington's Fire Lookouts by Amber Casali with photos of lookout towers

This Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts e-book evaluation presents a novel strategy for hikers of any age and skill degree.

  • Good for shaking up a stale mountaineering record
  • Helpful when you’re headed to Washington State and wish some dependable path ideas

Let’s get one potential level of confusion cleared up immediately:

  • a fireplace lookout tower (bodily construction) is the place the hearth lookout (job description) lives for the summer time.

Maintain studying to select up some recent concepts
for Washington mountaineering locations which mix state historical past and
superb panoramic views.

A number of disclosures on this
Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts
e-book assessment

Hiking For Her provided to write down this guide evaluation.


  • As a result of hearth lookouts are a tremendous climbing vacation spot, and this guide tells you precisely methods to discover them.

A replica of Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts by Amber Casali was offered, freed from cost, by Mountaineers Books.

  • There isn’t any affiliate or promotional relationship between us.
  • All the feedback, photographs and opinions belong to Hiking For Her.

For your private copy, go to Mountaineers Books right here.

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Hiking Washington’s
Fire Lookouts:
how to decide on
panoramic vistas

When individuals ask why I select to reside and hike within the Pacific NW, that is the reply I give them:

  • As a result of I can attain loads of panoramic vistas on a mere day hike, and lots of of them embrace an added bonus: historic hearth lookout towers.

The pictures on this guide are going to tantalize you with a few of these beautiful vistas and viewpoints.

In fact, there are various levels of sweat and muscle energy concerned in incomes the reward of a sweeping view from atop a lookout.

However you will know forward of time simply what number of power bars to pack, as a result of the writer of Hiking Washington’s Fire
Lookouts could be very clear concerning the spherical journey distance and elevation achieve
to succeed in every lookout tower.

She highlights this necessary info firstly of the e-book, in a chart entitled “Lookouts At A Glance”.

  • Use this info to tailor your hike to your most popular exertion degree, or to succeed in a compromise with the skills of all hikers in your group.

Hiking Washington’s
Fire Lookouts:
good climbing for historical past buffs

One of the simplest ways to scratch a mixed historical past and climbing itch?

Use this e-book as a information to plot your summer time climbing adventures with an eye fixed towards Washington historical past:

  • The guide briefly covers the development timeline of those necessary buildings.
  • The writer succinctly particulars the modifications in communication and know-how which led to their (astonishingly quick) demise.

You will additionally discover out which of a handful of towers are nonetheless getting used immediately.

Gobbler's Knob fire lookout tower sign explaining the history of the structureDon’t be concerned should you did not learn your historical past forward of time! Some lookouts will provide you with the highlights as your reward for reaching them.

Throw in a little bit of poetic historical past

One other strategy to multi-task?

Work as a fireplace lookout by day (see the lengthy record of weekly chores detailed within the guide).

Write poetry and novels in the course of the midnights.

These names may ring a bell as people who did precisely that:

  • Jack Kerouac
  • Gary Snyder
  • Philip Whalen

I can hear you considering:

“How can I stay overnight in a lookout?”

This ebook has the reply!

Hiking Washington’s
Fire Lookouts:
custom-made hikes

The writer splits the hearth lookout hikes into four huge state areas, and offers a big map that will help you differentiate the boundaries:

  • North
  • Central
  • South
  • Olympic Peninsula

Use the map to arrange your climbing locations.

Spend the summer time and early fall chipping away on the listing, when low (or absent) snow ranges permit you to entry every lofty lookout.

It may additionally be enjoyable to decide on an space you do not usually discover inside Washington State.

  • Discover a campground as base camp.
  • Dedicate a number of days to visiting regional lookouts, particularly when you could have a transparent climate window.

The straightforward to make use of map will assist you arrange a mountaineering itinerary, and revise it on the fly to accommodate climate circumstances.

A well timed e-book

It appears quaint at this time to consider this job description:


one human being*

unafraid of lightning or heights

to hold provides & meals

as much as a craggy vantage level

and spend the weeks of excessive summer time

anticipating smoke on the horizon.

*often male, with exceptions reminiscent of Hallie M. Daggett

Not so quaint in mild of the current devastating hearth seasons in Western states!

Fire lookouts are as soon as once more an necessary device within the human endeavor to struggle forest fires.

Washington State as soon as had almost 600 lookouts; this e-book shares 44 of the 89 that stay standing in 2018.

Just a few are staffed through the hearth season.

  • With out sustained upkeep and care, these lookouts might be gone at some point.
  • Go to them quickly, with the assistance of this ebook.

Greatest options
of the guide

Amber Casali’s phrases and photographs give you an correct illustration of a typical Washington lookout mountaineering path.

It goes one thing like this:

begin at low elevation:

  • legs really feel nice, nonetheless fueled up from the breakfast pancakes…

hike via dense forested terrain, typically for miles, gaining elevation slowly however certainly:

  • legs are beginning to really feel it, breath is coming a bit more durable, wanting ahead to stopping quickly…

and eventually escape into rocky excessive alpine terrain.

  • Hurrah! Take a look at that view!!

Alternate however real looking Pacific NW ending:

  • Bummer, too foggy to even see the tower.

Cautious analysis

Over two climbing seasons, the writer visited each lookout on this guide.

stored detailed notes, and every time potential she talked with working hearth lookouts and restore

She spent the winter months digging into historic paperwork and studying books about hearth lookouts.

of this diligence produced a e-book you’ll be able to depend upon for good path
descriptions, fascinating background info, and
armchair mountaineering locations (additionally referred to as the climbing off season).

A enjoyable method
to make use of the photographs

Her photographs of lookout towers make it straightforward so that you can put them into the three primary design classes.

I will not spoil the enjoyable, however this is a preview:

that is the underbelly of the Gobbler’s Knob hearth lookout, demonstrating only one development strategy to offering shelter and an unobstructed vantage level for a fireplace lookout.

Fire lookout perched on top of Gobbler's Knob near Mount Rainier National ParkGobbler’s Knob hearth lookout tower is perched atop a rocky outcrop. It supplies stupendous views of Mount Rainier.

Heads up

About 50% of the lookouts listed in
the North and Central areas of Washington State have been visited by
me over a span of 20 years.

This offered some primary reality checking, and the power to agree or disagree with the writer’s impressions.

  • I’m completely satisfied to report that accuracy and a spotlight to element prevails all through the hike descriptions.

Only one warning:

Each hike within the ebook has an related map to point out you the overall space you will be mountaineering via.

Nevertheless, it isn’t (and doubtless was not meant to be) an in depth topographic map, so do not use it as a navigational assist.

As an alternative, use it as a basic overview earlier than you begin your hike:

  • the quantity and size of switchbacks you’ll encounter;
  • the course you may be
    mountaineering in;
  • any floor water you’ll encounter.

Customise your hikes

Be sure you use the entire hike description to your benefit as you propose a hike:

  • roundtrip distance
  • elevation achieve, in ft
  • lookout elevation, in ft
  • map recommendations from USGS, Washington State, and elsewhere to reinforce the ebook’s maps
  • GPS coordinates (as a result of not all your hikes shall be on clear, sunny days)
  • permits and costs required at path head

All of this info permits you to plan the quantity of water and meals it’s essential to carry.

Path tip:

Take care to translate the mountaineering mileage and elevation achieve (and subsequent loss) into your private mountaineering tempo.


  • What’s deemed “short and easy” for one hiker could be an epic wrestle for somebody with current knee surgical procedure (downhill could also be more durable than uphill).
  • Your climbing companion’s tireless lengthy legs can eat up the path miles, however you may want a number of refueling stops alongside the best way. This impacts your flip round time.

Seize a replica
and lookout!

Female hiker sitting down and dangling feet off deck of fire lookoutSitting within the shade on a fireplace lookout tower and admiring the view. Or napping after the strenuous hike up. You determine!

After scripting this Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts assessment, I’ve no hesitation in urging you to seize a replica.

  • Simply be ready for the ethereal feeling of some boards beneath your ft as you feast your eyes on the 360 views!

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