Jump Off Mountain

A 7.4-mile round trip hike with 1,550 feet of elevation gain near Rimrock Lake out to a fire lookout with incredible views to the east and west. The original lookout was built in 1923 atop a large plateau above a wall of basalt columns.

In an area used by all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts, this lookout has been nearly lost to hikers. But it's worth the trek to a cool vantage point where east meets west—Mount Rainier, Goat Rocks, and green foothills to one side and rocky cliffs and the dry expanse of the Yakima Valley to the other.

Hiking Washington's Fire Lookouts

Getting There

Drive US-12 to 53 miles east of Randle and turn south onto Forest Road 12 (Tieton Reservoir Road). Drive 2 miles and turn left onto Forest Road 570 (Milk Creek Road). In 0.2 mile bear left to stay on Forest Road 570 and drive 2.6 miles. Straight goes to the Lost Lake Campground, but instead bear right onto Forest Road 1201 and drive 2.8 miles to where the road narrows. Park on the side of the road (4,320 ft).

On the Trail

Walk along the overgrown, rutted road 1.2 miles to Louie Gap (4,780 ft) and a four-way intersection. Turn left onto the Divide Ridge Tail ( No. 1127) and follow it to the top of Jump Off Mounta8in and Lookout (5,670 ft).

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 7.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,550 ft
  • 5,670 ft
  • Green Trails Rimrock No. 304
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