The lookout at Stampede Pass was built in the 1930s. Individuals who manned the lookout at that time were able to scan forested hills and rugged mountains of the Cascades to the west. They could also look down on Lake Keechelus below. Since its removal, the trees surrounding the lookout have grown back and all that remains are the old concrete footings .
The lookout was retired in 1974. Instead of destroying it as so many other had been, the cab was lifted off its 35-foot legs and air lifted by helicopter to Camp Waskowitz near North Bend, 20 miles from its original location. It is now a museum piece available for public viewing. A visit to the lookout must be arranged in advance by the camp director.
Stampede Pass Lookout from Rex's Forest Fire Lookout Page
Article with Photos of lookout cab being airlifted by helicopter
To get to the cache at Stampede Pass lookout site, take Exit 62 off Interstate 90 and head south approximately 5 miles to Stampede Pass. Once you reach the summit, proceed down the other side a tenth-mile or so and turn left. You will drive by Lizard Lake. Just past the lake turn left and follow the road to the top. The lookout site is approximately 3/4 mile east of Stampede Pass. The cache is an ammo can near the old concrete footings which supported the lookout tower.