Ascent of Okanogan Post Office Lookout Site on 2016-07-20

Climber: Eric Noel

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Okanogan Post Office Lookout Site
    Elevation:800 ft / 243 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is listed on peak bagger as a standing lookout per Craig's preference. I tend to think that it isn't but these things get into nitpicking and squabbling over the definition of a lookout. I think that what is clear is this: there was an office for the USFS in the old FNB Okanogan building on the 2nd floor. This is located at 2nd and Queen in Okanogan. The address is 211 Queen and 213 Queen. The actual firefinder location, if there was one, is just above the old door into 213 Queen based on the 1930 photographs. Since the location of the camera is clearly this spot, and no other firefinder is visible in the photos which include the entirety of the roof in the stated year that it was a LO, it follows that this must be the spot where the firefinder was if reports of its existence are true. This location would have been used for training rather than actual fire spotting. If you look at the other extant lookouts even in 1930, it's clear that the functional utility of a lookout here is very low. But still, it all comes back to what counts as a lookout building. I'll save the rest of that argument for another day and just say this, for list bagging purposes, I've bagged it. The presence of the firefinder and the listing on a USFS inventory, and in turn in the LO book, provides a credible argument for considering it as a lookout. And there is no doubt that the FNB Okanogan building is still standing. It's a public location that is easily visited in Okanogan so just visit it and that's that.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1 ft / 0 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Trailhead:Parking Spot  799 ft / 243 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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