• pmjwright
    March 4, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    A photo was published in The Province in 1952, three from a September 2016 hike, and one from my first visit in 1968; that must have been where I got bit with Lookout Fever!
    There are informative dioramas and displays inside the lookout cabin.

    The lookout cabin is of a type known in BC as the Standard Cabin-with-cupola and was based on a pattern designed by USFS in the Pacific Northwest Region, where it was designated as the D-6 lookout. This pattern was widely used in BC from the mid-1920s until about 1950.

    Fortunately, about 6 lookouts of this design still survive in BC: Windy Joe, Woss Lake on Vancouver Island, Sugar Mtn near Cherryville, Mt Brent near Penticton, McBride Top Lookout above McBride, and Mt Revelstoke Summit lookout.

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  • trailchick
    March 5, 2022 at 1:16 am

    I had the great fortune of doing a winter visit to Windy Joe on March 3, 2019. I was working on visiting all of Washington State’s standing fire lookouts, a journey I finally completed in 2019, and my original plan was to ski to Monument 83. Unfortunately temperatures were approaching -20°C so I abandoned that idea and instead snuck in an unplanned visit to this lookout.

    Windy Joe is a real gem and here in Washington State we only have one D-6 cupola remaining, North Twentymile, so it was a pleasure to see this one and it’s remarkable condition. Thought you’d enjoy some snowy photos.

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