The North Mountain Lookout is located just north of Darrington, Washington and is reached via the North Mountain Road, also called Forest Service Road #2810. The road winds 11.5 miles to the lookout perched at 3,824 feet. The lookout once guarded the North Fork Stillaguamish Valley from forest fires. While its role in fire management has diminished, the views from atop have not. They are as spectacular as ever, as the lookout is surrounded by the high peaks of the Stillaguamish and Sauk River valleys of the North Cascade Mountain range.

North Mountain

The North Mountain Lookout is a Region Six (R-6) flat cab with a 41’ treated timber tower. The R-6 flat cab is a live-in lookout structure introduced by the United States Forest Service (USFS) Region 6 in 1953. Individual examples of this cab type feature a flat roof with overhanging eaves and window styles ranging from two-light wood sash to the four-light design of the North Mountain cab. This lookout was constructed by Wood Fab. Co. and V.L. between August 24, 1964 and November 15, 1965

North Mountain is one of three existing R-6 Flat cab lookouts on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS). The others are Lookout Mountain Lookout, located in Skagit County, and Heybrook Lookout, located in Snohomish County. Only thirteen lookouts remain of more than seven dozen that were constructed on the forest and of the 656 fire lookouts constructed in Washington State less than 100 are left standing. Nationwide, nearly one lookout per week is lost to neglect or disrepair.

North Mountain Lookout is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places for its contribution to the history of fire management in the USFS, as one of only three remaining R-6 Flat cabs and as one of only thirteen remaining lookouts of any style on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. It is also one of only 100 remaining lookouts within the entire state of Washington.

The lookout has unfortunately fallen into disrepair since it’s abandonment by USFS fire management. Much work is needed to make the tower available to the public and meet Forest Service and National Historic Preservation standards.


The Friends of North Mountain had it's genesis at a regular meeting of Darrington Strong (formerly the Darrington Area Business Association) a local 501(c)4 non-profit dedicated to facilitating communication and enhancing quality of life in the Darrington community. Forrest Clark and Geoff Kemp came to the meeting to tell us there was a fire lookout just outside of town that needed some TLC so it could become an asset to our community. The group that would become the Friends of North Mountain had it's first meeting on March 30th 2013. The FNM is a Division of Darrington Strong. Friends of North Mountain has no dues or requirements for membership, except being friendly. Darrington Strong does have a membership list and you can pay annual dues that go toward various projects targeted at revitalizing our little rural community and enhancing everyone’s quality of life. There’s lots of great stuff going on which you can read about at www.darringtonstrong.org. Because of Darrington Strong’s unique mission the Friends of North Mountain get to function as a non-profit without our having to have spent hours and hours doing paperwork and paying filing fees. So now we can focus on getting the lookout rebuilt and available to the public.