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Summit of Mount St. Helens 1978 showing remains of old Forest Service fire lookout. The lookout site was destroyed during the May 18, 1980 eruption.

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.

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  • Uploaded on October 29, 2009
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    by Jim Nieland