Popular Day Hike Access Improved

Completion of some long awaited maintenance on the Lookout Mountain Road comes as good news to many area residents.

Forest Service Road Crews recently completed maintenance on Forest Road 4345-200. The road is referred to locally as Lookout Mountain Road because of the access it provides to an unstaffed lookout. With only a 1.5 mile hike from the end of the road, the destination boasts excellent views and is a popular picnic destination.

“It is wonderful to hear that this important road will finally be repaired, said SooIng Moody, the Mayor of Twisp. “As the closest and most accessible hike from Twisp town limits, the Lookout Mountain trail provides a short and beautiful hike to an historic fire lookout with panoramic views of the valley below. Improved road conditions will mean that this local asset will once again be better accessed and enjoyed by all.”

Many local residents have been anxiously awaiting these road repairs.

“Thank you for recognizing the value and importance of keeping national forest roads improved to enable the sharing of these vital natural areas for both local and visitor enjoyment. The Lookout Trail is definitely a recognized asset to the Town of Twisp,” said Moody.

“Such a short hike to the lookout makes the facility more vulnerable to vandals though,” said Mike Liu, Methow Valley District Ranger. “Because the lookout is unstaffed, we rely on reports from Forest Visitors to know when there is an issue that needs to be addressed.”

Another illegal activity causing damage in the area is the use of motorbikes on the Lookout Mountain Trail and along the ridgeline. The trail is only open to non-motorized access. The illegal access is damaging vegetation and the trail itself.

For more information about recreation opportunities or to report an incidence of vandalism or illegal trail use, please contact the Methow Valley Ranger District at 509-996-4000.