Winchester Mountain Lookout

Winchester Lookout

Enjoy views of the Northern Picket Range and Canadian Peaks from Winchester Mountain Lookout.
It was built in 1935 and is maintained by Mt. Baker Hiking Club volunteers.

Steep snowfields on the Winchester Mountain Trail usually require an ice axe well into July. Cross these steep snow slopes with caution.

The Twin Lakes Road may not be drivable to the Winchester Mountain Trailhead. In this case, parking is at the Tomyhoi Lake Trailhead, adding 2 miles to the hike.

NOTE: Starting November 2017, the lookout will be locked and not open to public use from November through May. Winter visitors will not be able to access the inside of the lookout or use it as a shelter. The lookout will reopen for visitation in June, or when conditions allow.


For more information about volunteering or maintaining this facility contact Mt. Baker Hiking Club, PO Box 73, Bellingham WA 98227.
Winchester Mountain Trail #685

Overnight use

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: summer
Restrictions: The Winchester Lookout is located within the Mt. Baker Wilderness Area and wilderness regulations apply.
  • Party size is limited to 12 people
  • Campfires are prohibited
Water: Water is available by melting snow. When snowpack is gone visitors will need to bring water.
Restroom: No toilet at the lookout. A vault toilet is at the Winchester Mountain Trailhead.
Passes: A Recreation Pass is required for each vehicle parked at the trailhead.
Information Center: Call Mt. Baker Ranger District office at 360-856-5700 or Glacier Public Service Center at 360-599-2714.

General Information


Mt. Baker Highway (State Route 542), Twin Lakes Road #3065 (N Fork Nooksack area), Trail #685 - Hiker Only

General Notes:

Toilet facilities at Winchester Lookout may not be available. When toilets are not provided please pack it out.

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  Area/Length : 
Hiking distance to Lookout: 2 miles

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  Elevation : 
Elevation gain from trailhead to lookout is 1,300 feet.