Put aside every travel plan you’re working on and make a plan to a check out a fire lookout your #1 priority. Let me start from the beginning: Fire lookouts were built to house workers full time after the Great Fire of 1910 that burned millions of acres of forest in Washington, Montana, and Idaho and were used to detect fires. Thanks to modern technology, they are now obsolete for their original use but are now usually kept up by park volunteers for people to visit and stay in (first come, first serve basis). As seen in the featured picture of the Park Butte Lookout in Washington, they are typically set upon the highest pinnacle with a 360 degree view of the beautiful world around you. Park Butte Lookout is a popular design for its purposes – it’s a 14×14 ft wood cabin built on timber posts with a roof made of cedar-shingled gable. Read about Heather & Andrew Pogue’s stay and then finalize plans for a hiking trip you will not soon forget.