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Eric Willhite
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PostMon Apr 16, 2018 2:49 am 
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It was a long wait but we finally got into the very restricted Cedar River Watershed to see an old lookout site called Cedar Point - Lookout Mountain. Watch the video to see what we saw…

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WEBPAGE

This new tour will be available in the future, called "Logging and Lookouts" or something similar.
See: pageWatershed Programs & Tours Page

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Taking a break from peakbagging to do some lookout bagging.
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PostMon Apr 16, 2018 7:25 am 
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Excellent report and link info.

Thanks for both.

Some of us have nibbled away at the edges of the Seattle & Tacoma watersheds over the years. It is good to see the agencies are providing "legal" visiting options.

I share your old lookout fixation, and am still looking for a copy of Austin Post's oblique aerial shot of the W Crater Mtn Lookout.  There is a low-res version in one of the early Beckey guides.
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PostMon Apr 16, 2018 7:34 am 
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Yes, it's great to see the variety of tours. I'm sure I'll be joining in one or more of them.

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PostMon Apr 16, 2018 1:41 pm 
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Don't mean to stir the pot too much - but was looking over some of the planning & admin docs for local restricted watersheds, and got the impression that some of the area isn't as restricted as they'd have you believe.

Can't remember if it was Tacoma or Seattle, but one of them contains a lot of DNR land, and they acknowledge that they can't legally restrict people from those DNR inholdings. (Though routes and access may be tricky.)
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PostMon Apr 16, 2018 4:15 pm 
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hatchetation wrote:
Don't mean to stir the pot too much

Not much to stur....you were reading about the Green River/Tacoma Watershed, one valley south of the Cedar.  The Green is full of DNR land and the upper parts are Forest Service where you can hike and drive all about.  The Green (Tacoma Watershed) allows all kinds of logging and other uses in places.

But the Seattle Watershed is entirely owned by the city and they want all visitors OUT.  No mining, no logging, no nothing, mostly.

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Taking a break from peakbagging to do some lookout bagging.
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PostMon Apr 16, 2018 4:43 pm 
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Coming out next month:

"This new guide to hiking the fire lookouts of Washington’s Cascades and Olympics is the quintessential Northwest guide and will appeal to a wide range of hikers. Features of Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts include:


44 fire lookouts—those that feature access by trail

All lookouts are accessible during the typical summer season

Only lookouts that are still standing—no hiking up to a barren mound of broken concrete!

Routes are not technical—hikers just need boots, trekking poles, and, probably, lunch

Lookout history, anecdotes, and full-color photos throughout"

https://www.mountaineers.org/books/books/hiking-washingtons-fire-lookouts
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PostMon Apr 16, 2018 5:15 pm 
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nordique wrote:
Only lookouts that are still standing—no hiking up to a barren mound of broken concrete!

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Someone suggested I go to a book signing and drop a large chunk of concrete on the table smile.gif

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PostTue Apr 17, 2018 10:12 am 
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Here are a few of my pictures from the visit on Sunday. Thanks Eric for getting the word out for this trip!

The old Taylor Creek trestle was very cool. Kind of sad to think we may be some of the last people to see it before it is scheduled to be removed in 2018. It’s another piece of PNW history being erased to time.

Cedar Point (aka Lookout Mountain) access road
Cedar Point (aka Lookout Mountain) access road
Some of the party in route to the lookout site
Some of the party in route to the lookout site
Taylor Creek Trestle
Taylor Creek Trestle
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PostTue Apr 17, 2018 11:59 am 
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Eric Willhite wrote:
But the Seattle Watershed is entirely owned by the city and they want all visitors OUT.  No mining, no logging, no nothing, mostly.

That part may ot be correct
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