In about the 1920's the Forest Service had the great idea of placing fire lookouts at the summits of Mount. St. Helens, Mount Hood, and Mount Adams. These high vantage points permitted a commanding view of the Cascade Range. It was a great idea that in practice never worked. Low clouds and fog, following lightning storms, shrouded the peaks and valleys below. The lookouts were in the sun but could only see the tops of the clouds below. After a few years the lookouts were abandoned in favor of more functional sites at lower elevations.