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

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2022      NEW PINNACLE PEAK LOOKOUT TOWER NEAR ENUMCLAW. Hike less than four miles RT with 1150 feet elevation gain to the newest lookout tower in western Washington. Leave me a comment with your contact info for more information. Full vaccination is required to join us on this hike.

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

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2022  KELLY LOOKOUT SITE HIKE EXTENDED. We will meet in Montesano to caravan to hike lonely Green Diamond forest roads on the border of Mason and Grays Harbor Counties. About 7 miles RT and under 1000 feet elevation gain. Leave me a comment with your contact info for more information. Full vaccination is required to join us on this hike.



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.


This is a good winter hike on PORT BLAKELY TREE FARM ROADS, through rolling hills with possible views of the SATSOP TOWERS. 5 miles RT. It is in the 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.)