Kelly Butte Lookout

Kelly Butte Lookout. Photo by Bob Adler

On a clear day the scenery from this historical mountaintop cabin rewards you with views of Mt. Rainer, Mt. Baker, Mt. Stuart and other peaks in every direction.  An operational lookout staffed by volunteers from end of June to end of September, Kelly Butte is a great place to get a feel for how fire lookouts operated in the past and even today.  If you are fortunate to be there when the lookout is staffed, step inside and imagine looking for traces of smoke or watching storms spreading across the sky, on the lookout for new fires.  If the lookout is not open, feel free to look through the windows at the spartan accommodations that people used to live an entire summer in!

Background Information:  

The original design of the lookout was a cupola cabin built in 1926, replaced by the L-4 cabin in 1950.


At a Glance

Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: US Forst Service
Information Center: Call Snoqualmie Ranger District Enumclaw office at 360-825-6585.

General Information


Directions form the Enumclaw Ranger Station

Drive east on Hwy 410 for 20.7 miles just past Greenwater, Wash., to Forest Service Road 70 and turn left. Continue 8.3 miles to Forest Service Road 7030, turn left and proceed four miles to the Twin Camps "T" in the road. Turn left and stay on Forest Service Road 7030 for 1.3 miles to the turnoff, turn right and continue 1.3 miles to Kelly Butte Trailhead.

High-clearance vehicles are recommended on Forest Road #7030 and drivers should be prepared for rocks in the road, dips and steep drop-offs on one side.

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5,379 feet