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Winchester Mountain lookout


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This beautifully restored lookout is set in a stunning location atop Winchester Peak. The trail starts out between the Twin Lakes and soon enters the Mt. Baker Wilderness. After about .25 miles you’ll reach a junction with High Pass Trail; bear left. A mile in, you’ll reach a steeper snow patch that should be crossed with care. The trail then traverses a steep slope high above west the West Twin Lake, before curving around the mountain and zigzagging up to the summit.

The restored lookout was built in the 1930s and restored by the Mount Baker Club in the 1980s. It’s now a popular place to spend the night, and no wonder – the views are incredible.

To get to the trailhead, drive 35 miles east of Bellingham on the Mt. Baker Highway (SR 542). Turn left at the WSDOT’s Shuksan Garage in Glacier onto Forest Service road 3065. It’s a dirt road for 4.5 miles to the Yellow Aster Butte trailhead – beyond that the going gets rough and 4-wheel drive is recommended for the remaining 2.5 miles to Twin Lakes.