Pack Forest Look Out (ca. 1929)

Pack Forest lookout
Pack Forest lookout

The lookout at Pack Forest wasn’t for the weak of heart. The resume required among other things — no fear of heights and strong legs to carry you up and down 10 flights of steps.

This 66′ steel tower with a 7×7′ cab was built in 1929, two miles east of Eatonville, and was part of the University of Washington‘s forestry program. It was abandon in 1950 and had long since been taken down. (per

Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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6 responses to “Pack Forest Look Out (ca. 1929)”

  1. It was “taken down” more like toppeled over by my Uncle Bill Borttcher & my 1st cousins.They disassembled it & took it to their ranch in Alder WA. They thought they could reassemble but the fall just bent too many parts . They are still using parts of for projects on the ranch.


  2. My memories of the fire tower were the typical “Sunday drive” in the 50s. We had a summer cabin on Clear Lake (where I live now) and we would pile in the car and drive to Pack Forest and up to the tower. I believe my parents along with us kids would climb to the top and look over Eatonville.
    We could see another fire tower across the lake from us but never could find where it was located. (it would have been South from the lake, or between Clear Lake and Ohop Lake maybe.)


  3. I use to climb the tower in the late 60’s early 70’s and me and my friends have stayed in the cabin next to it. It’s a shame the tower was destroyed,it should have been taken apart carefully.
    What a waste of history!


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