Everett  Lookout & Trail Maintenance Committee

Everett Lookout & Trail Maintenance Committee

The Everett Mountaineers Lookout and Trail Maintenance (LOTM) Committee has a long history of fire lookout restoration and trail maintenance in the Cascades. We work with the Forest Service and State Park service on three local lookout buildings and we coordinate with Snohomish Country Parks on trail maintenance.

Committee volunteering

The LOTM committee has re-established connections in 2023 with landowner agencies and rebuilding our leadership classes. If you're passionate about stewardship and helping maintain infrastructure that so many Mountaineer activities depend on, join our committee! We'd love to have you!

Here are the steps to become a crew leader with us:
1. Join an online session to understand the role of a Mountaineers Leader, expectations for organizing and managing a trip, and understand stewardship standards.
2. Join a crew leader in-person session where you will get some hands-on experience, access the tool-crib and do some maintenance at Lord Hill park.
3. Post one or more mentored leader activities in the Mountaineers system, perform the tool and safety briefing, guide work group to site, communicate and work towards stated objective.
We also could use help running other committee business. You don't need to be a crew leader to help out stewardship. Let us know if this interests you.

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Trail Maintenance

20231126_133946(1).jpgIn addition to lookout restoration and maintenance, The Everett Mountaineers has been active in trail maintenance for many years. Working originally with the U.S. Forest Service in small groups of volunteers, clearing popular trails of brush and replanting trampled meadows bordering alpine lakes. The LOTM Committee has sponsored and coordinated 100+ volunteer work parties to commemorate National Trails Day. The Branch's efforts on National Trails Day has won the respect of non-profit organizations and land management agencies, while improving the quality of designated trails, and constructing new ones. 

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Three FIngers Lookout

In the mid-1980s, The Everett Mountaineers restored the lookout on the southern summit (6,850') of Three Fingers. Three Fingers photo collection #2. More photos of Three Fingers can be viewed here. Three Fingers lookout is on the National Register of Historic Places. During restoration in 1986, these photos were submitted to the National Park service .

Important trip planning information can be found at Three Fingers current Info

Learn more on the lookout history and info page.

Mount Pilchuck Lookout

Only 20 miles from downtown Everett, Mt. Pilchuck (el. 5,324') is right in our back yard. A very popular trail heads up from the former skiers parking area. Historically, Washington State Parks and The Everett Mountaineers have maintained the historic lookout building. We have coordinated volunteers to maintain of Pilchuck Lookout. In 1989, the Everett Mountaineers restored the building. 105 people spent 10,000 hours, with help from Snohomish County Search and Rescue and Army Reserve helicopters.

Since 2021, WA State Parks has taken over primary responsibility for the Pilchuck Lookout and the Everett Mountaineers has instead turned its focus to Three Fingers (see below).

Learn more on the lookout history and info page

Heybrook Lookout

Heybrook Lookout is on Heybrook Ridge just east of the town of Index. Mt. Index is the predominate view from the lookout. The committee wrapped up an eight year-long project in 2002. Hundreds of volunteer hours, and thousands of dollars were donated by businesses and organizations, to restore the lookout, which sits at the top of a 70-foot tower.

Learn more on the lookout history and info page.

Lord hill regional park

LHRP is a 1,480-acre park located in central Snohomish County between the cities of Snohomish and Monroe. Set in former timberland, the park offers approximately 30 miles of trails where visitors can traverse uphill and downhill through the forest passing wetlands and ponds dotted throughout the landscape. The park is popular with hikers, runners, equestrians, mountain bikers, wildlife watchers, orienteering groups, nature enthusiasts, educators and more. As one of the largest parks in our county parks system, Lord Hill Regional Park is an important park for not only the county, but the greater Puget Sound region.

Lime Kiln Trail

The Lime Kiln trail is on a route used from 1892 to 1934. The 3.6 mile trail was opened in 2007 by volunteer labor including the Everett Mountaineers. The Everett and Monte Cristo railroad traveled part of the trail, and the lime kiln provided needed material for the Everett Smelter and paper mills. From the trailhead to the river is about one and a half miles. From there to the Lime Kiln is just over a mile, and then it is about a mile from the kiln to the end of the trail, where the river takes a sharp bend to the south. Over a hundred years ago, the E&MCRR continued across a bridge, through tunnel #1 (a.k.a. "The Kissing Tunnel"), and on to the ghost mining town Monte Cristo.

Note: check with Snohomish county to make sure the trail is open.

Lime Kiln Photos

LOTM worked on this long-abandoned trail on National Trails Day, 2001. See photos of the work.

Getting there

Drive to Granite Falls (see map) and go all of the way through town to the end by the High School. Instead of turning left to go on the Mountain Loop Hwy, turn right on S. Alder Avenue and go south until you get to a Tee. Turn left on E. Pioneer Street which becomes Menzel Lake Road ( signs says it goes to Lake Roesinger, [Old Anderson Road]). Turn left on Waite Mill Road. After the school bus turn around, stay left on gravel road that climbs uphill. You will come to a fork where both roads have signs that say Private Road. Just a few dozen yards before that on the left is white metal gate giving entry to a car parking area at the trailhead.

Maps: USGS Granite Falls, 1989, Green Trails Granite Falls.


Not surprisingly, the Lime Kiln "trail" was established by operators of a lime kiln a long time ago. Some of the route is the old railroad route to Monte Cristo. Please don't disturb the artifacts. Robe Canyon history has more information.

Historic Maps of the Lime Kiln area

A progression of USGS and USFS maps show the historical development around the kiln. Colors4 have been used to highlight select, man-made features of interest.

A USFS Mt.Baker-Snoqualamie National Forest>map of 1962 shows a trail appears to go to some building near the kiln but doesn't seem to be close to the current trail.

The USGS Stilaguamish, 30', 1899 map has trails all over the place going to cabins? Note the older spelling of Stillaguamish. The Northern Pacific Railroad, Monte Cristo spur can be seen in the valley. Pilchuck was a fork in the road along Purdy Creek. The city of Granite Falls was not quite as big as it is now.

The USGS Stillaguamish, 30', 1946 map is not much different than the 1899 map.

By 1956, everyone in those cabins must have moved to Granite Falls, as the city is bigger and the cabins are gone in the USGS Granite Falls, 15', 1956 map. Wayside mine on the north side of Iron Mountain seems to become an open pit quarry by 1989. In none of the historical maps is the location of the Lime Kiln apparent.