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Monthly hikes for The Olympians Hiking Club, based in Grays Harbor County:

On Saturdays in January, February, and March 2023 I will lead hikes to the Lost Lake, Humptulips Auxiliary, and Drake Lookout sites for The Olympians Hiking Club. I will post the dates here, when they are available.

Wednesday, December 28, 2022. SIMPSON FIRE LOOKOUT SITE in a Mason County Green Diamond Tree Farm. Please send me an email if you would like to join us. Full vaccination is required to join us on this hike.


SATURDAY, December 3, 2022. ELK RIVER Natural Resource Conservation Area HIKE .

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2022. Presented a slideshow “ADVENTURE HIKES TO LOST FIRE LOOKOUTS.” The Mountaineers Olympia Branch Adventure Series

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8, 2022. SQUALLY JIM AND WALVILLE FIRE LOOKOUT SITE HIKE. We enjoyed dry but slightly smoky weather for this hike near the Lewis-Pacific counties border. There had been some recent tree harvests near our route, but nothing that disrupted our hike. (it is in the book.)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2022 Presented a slideshow “HISTORY AND HIKES: FIRE LOOKOUTS IN GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY.” Hoquiam Timberland Library.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 Forest Fire Lookout Association Western Conference, Enterprise, Oregon. Presented a slideshow, “PIECING TOGETHER OLYMPIC FIRE LOOKOUT STORIES.”

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2022. Mount Holyoke College Class of 1965 on Zoom. Presented a slideshow, “FROM AMERICAN CULTURE TO LOST FIRE LOOKOUT HIKES AND HISTORIES.”

SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2022 GRISDALE HILL LOOKOUT SITE. We enjoyed great views into the Olympics on our way to this high point above the Skokomish Valley. It is in the book.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2022      NEW PINNACLE PEAK LOOKOUT TOWER NEAR ENUMCLAW. A short steep hike to the newest lookout tower in western Washington.

Leslie and hiking friends take a look at the Pinnacle Peak Lookout Osborne firefinder map, January 2022.
Photo by Linda Stretz


We had a fine party at Harbor House, Percival Landing, Olympia. It was a fun event, visiting with a lot of fire lookout, hiking, and Olympia friends. Shared some stories, signed some books, and appreciated everyone coming together briefly, masked, and socially distanced, to celebrate my book.

DECEMBER 7, 2021. LOST FIRE LOOKOUT HIKES AND HISTORIES: OLYMPIC PENINSULA AND WILLAPA HILLS is released for sale by Amazon and by order at your local bookstore.

Monthly hikes for The Olympians Hiking Club, based in Grays Harbor County, including: FEBRUARY 8, 2020.  Led a six-mile round-trip hike to the Humptulips Auxiliary Lookout site in the Quinault Ranger District of the Olympic National Forest for the Olympians Hiking Club. (It is in the book.)

DECEMBER 15, 2019. Led an eight-mile round-trip hike to the Drake Lookout site on Green Diamond Resources land in the Wynoochee River Valley. (It is in the book.)

OCTOBER 11, 2019.  Presented photos and talked about, “GRAYS HARBOR FIRE LOOKOUTS,” for The Olympians Hiking Club in Aberdeen, WA. Answered questions and picked up some interesting stories, too.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2019. Led an eight mile RT hike to the Twin Peak Lookout site, off the Donkey Creek Road, on private and Grays Harbor County Timberlands roads and lands. This included some cross country adventure hiking. (It is in the book.)

JULY 13, 2019. Led a six-mile round-trip hike approaching the Arctic Lookout site. We hiked a Hancock Timber Management road to a Rayonier Timber Company gate above the North River valley. (This is not in the book, as there is no public access to the fire lookout site, about a quarter mile beyond the Rayonier gate.)

APRIL 3, 17, 23; May 21, 2017. Presented an introductory class on Western Washington wildflowers at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Olympia, WA. Two classroom sessions were followed by field trips in the Lake Sylvia State Park and on the Congregation’s grounds.

OCTOBER 3, 2016. Showed and talked about my “TRAVELS IN ICELAND” to the Olympia area PEO club at Panorama, Lacey, WA.  

EACH YEAR: I donate two hikes to fire lookouts or fire lookout sites in the Puget Sound Region, through the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation annual auction. Sites visited in the last few years include: Pinnacle Peak Lookout site (King County), Suntop Lookout (Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest), Mount Zion Lookout site (Olympic National Forest), Blue Mountain Lookout site (Olympic National Park), Tolmie Peak Lookout (Mount Rainier National Park). Chapters on Mount Zion and Blue Mountain Lookout sites are in my book.)