The Sugarloaf Lookout is the only fire lookout on the Entiat Ranger District to be staffed throughout the fire season. Plan to make a day of this trip and enjoy a picnic lunch and a panoramic view of the great outdoors. Bear in mind that Sugarloaf Lookout is a working fire watch tower, and at any time you may be asked to leave so watch duties aren’t impaired. Please note that Forest Service roads can be slippery during the rainy seasons or during and right after a rainstorm.
Access: From Leavenworth, travel up the Chumstick Valley to Eagle Creek Road. Where the pavement ends on Eagle Creek Road, turn left onto Forest Road No. 7520 which goes to French Corrals. From Ardenvoir in the Entiat Valley, turn left up the Mad River Road to Tillicum Road No. 5800 and then on to French Corrals. Drive north along Forest Road #5200 approximately five miles then turn right along a spur road. If the gate is locked park below it, do not block the gate. From there, enjoy a short walk to the lookout (maps are available from ranger station offices in Entiat and Leavenworth.
Length: Depending on the route taken, plan on about 25 to 30 miles of driving one-way.
Allowed: Although presented as an “auto tour,” travel on these roads is also available to hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and any street legal motorized vehicle.
Elevation gain: 4,600 feet (from 1,200 feet to 5,800 feet at the lookout).
What you will see: Travel is through pine and fir forests to this ridge top location where Sugarloaf Lookout provides fire detection services for a large portion of the Entiat and Wenatchee River Ranger Districts. Sugarloaf was once surrounded by forests of lodgepole pine and gnarled sub-alpine forest. The 1994 Tyee Fire made a drastic change in the scenery. During that fire, all of the adjacent buildings were destroyed but the lookout building itself survived. The panorama includes views of Mt. Stuart, Glacier Peak, Lake Wenatchee, and into the Waterville plateau.
Enjoy this mountain forest drive by noticing the changes in mountain flora when reaching higher elevations and also notice the changes in the temperature.
Information: Entiat Ranger District, 509-784-1511