Heybrook lookout trail is one of those hikes that I don’t visit very often. Heybrook lookout tower is a worthy destination. But, it is a mere 1 mile long (each direction). Though the payoff in views is high. For an avid hiker like me it doesn’t make a lot of sense to dan hour or so for a 1-mile hike.
Often I will use this as a “rest” stop on my way back from Leavenworth or as an add on to another hike for the day. For this day, I wanted to do two hikes due to a complication in my peak climbing plans. So, I combined Heybrook Lookout with Wallace Falls for an exceptional day out.
Heybrook lookout trail leaves from the small turnout on the side of Highway 2. It starts by climbing a small distance over 2 or three switchbacks. There is evidence of current trail work going on here. Most likely thanks to our friends over at WTA. They build and maintain many of the trails in the great state of Washington. Follow the link to donate some time or money for the cause.
After climbing a 200 – 300 feet Heybrook lookout trail levels off. It then follows a gentle ridge for another half mile to Heybrook lookout tower. Until reaching the tower the trail is in heavy woods.
Heybrook lookout tower is by far the attraction along the trail. While you cannot enter the tower itself, you can climb the stairs to its platform. From here there are 270-degree views of the surrounding areas. These include views of Index, Baring Mountain, Merchant Peak, and Bridal Veil Falls.
Heybrook lookout trail is more than worth the minimal effort. It is an excellent choice for a day out if you have kids. Don’t expect an epic adventure, this is one for an easy day out.