Friends of North Mountain Partners & Volunteers











Received all the framing lumber for the project by Hampton Mill of Darrington.
(Thank you Hampton.)

We’ve got the original blueprints to work off of as well as parts of the lightning arrestor system and all of the windows.
(Thank you Forrest.)

Had a facilities inspection by the Forest Service, giving a list of specific needs that must be met in order to offer the lookout to the public. (Thank you Carol and Thomas.)

Our amazing volunteer Eileen from SWCA of Ballard has completed our historic inventory (a service valued at about $14,000). The lookout received a determination of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places. What this means is the work we do on the lookout has to be done according to Historic Preservation Standards. You can read more about that here: http://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/four-treatments/treatment-guidelines.pdf. It could also give us eligibility for grants.

We've had the site reviewed by Bud, a trail designer, Ed a physical engineer and Mark a building science consultant.

Dennis and Cameron from CG Engineering of Edmonds have been helping with the structural engineering.

Soprema Roofing has donated the materials to reroof the lookout.

Washington Chain has donated various wire rope accessories.

As of early June 2014 we received a Volunteer Agreement with the Forest Service to do work on the lookout. Thank you Peter, Adrienne, Stella and everyone else for making that happen at lightning speed.


On June 12th, 13th and 14th we had our first work party! We had 12 people attend on Friday, 17 on Saturday and 9 on Sunday. Most worked from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a total of 456 volunteer hours in one weekend! Many of the individuals are highly skilled and everyone was highly effective and enthusiastic. The work we were able to accomplish includes; restoration of 3 foundation pier blocks, old roof removed and new double membrane torch down roof installed, roof anchor installed (for safety), both mid tower buildings removed and unusable debris hauled away, replacement decking prepared for two sides of the catwalk, west side wall completely removed and replaced with new siding and window frames, litter and brush removal, restoration of old outhouse (currently usable) and lots of fellowship and community connection. This all far exceeds our expectations, and even our optimistic fantasies.
Thanks Darrington Hardware for your donations.
Thanks Darrington IGA for all the snacks, drinks and lunches.
Thanks Mountain Loop Books and Coffee for the coffee.
Thanks Darrington Ranger District for helping it happen.
Thanks Hampton for the lumber.
And a huge Thank You to:
Forrest
Mark
Louis
Rick
Jim
James
Gavin
Dick
Bob
Tom
Scott
Paul
Evan
Ross
Bruce
Nels
George
Mike
Kai
Phyllis
Gary
and
JoAnn
for taking the action needed to make this idea into something real.


The following weekend we were able to replace 3 of the six damaged tower beams.
Thank you to Dan Rankin Sawmilling for the beams.
And Thank You:
Mark
Forrest
Paul
Phyllis
James
and
George
for making it happen.