An overdue visit to the Harrison Fire Lookout final completed.
Ziff and I took the long drive up the west Harrison FSR road... and mile 24 parked off on a branch road in full view of the hill. About 98% of the trees in the area have been killed, some of the large trees in a few places still have live tops. Lots of long trailing raspberry with sharp thrones continually ensared our feet, wanting to trips us over. Plenty of fireweed growth in the area, among the blackened forest. Pity so many fine trees are scorched, blackened, and dead.
The view of from the lookout is now improved, the view south is clear with the trees dead or alive cut down. Views better to west, but east still mostly blocked.
Net elevation gain about 380 meters with return of a little less than 5 km. Took us 1 hour to hike up and 50 minutes to hike down; taking care not to get tripped. At times the trail was hard to follow due to growth of fiireweed and thimbleberry.
A good day out it was.
We topped it out with a fossil hunt, and came back with several chunks of rock with fossilized clams.
**Heading East on Highway 7, turn left just before "The Sasquatch Inn" and continue north/northeast up the Harrison FSR.>>
Heading north, at about the 23 to 24 km, view the knoll which has the lookout atop of it.
View south over Harrison Lake, towards Harrison Fire Lookout:
Parked on a spur road...
Head up trail . on this road bed..
Through here, the last stand of trees saved by Fire Retardant in 2015. Harrison Fire Lookout saved by fire fighters...
INSIDE: Bed, stove, and cabinets still here , originals form 1973... a little old and aged...
On the balcony....
Entry in the log book, inside:
View from the lookout and grounds......... views have been opened up by fire since last visit in 2013.