First used in 1912 with a stone shelter 1/8 mile north of the summit, this cabin, built in 1914 of hand-hewn square logs, originally had a 15' pole platform tower above it. When a 16' pole live-in tower replaced it in the 1930's, the platform was removed, leaving the cabin intact. The building is also on the National Historic Lookout Register, and is a twin of the one on Mt. Bonaparte. Some minor preservation started in the early 2000s by volunteers from the Colville National Forest and Washington Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association, with a major preservation effort in 2010, including replacement of multiple logs and the roof. Known lookout personnel: 1923: Roy Snyder; 1929: Ed Walden.
Colville National Forest
12 miles E of Republic
Ferry County, Washington
Elevation 6782'

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Columbia Mtn. in the 1910s Columbia Mtn. in 1999 Columbia Mtn. in 2010
Photos courtesy the U.S. Forest Service, Rex Kamstra and Bob Pfeifer