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  1. Barry says:

    Nice photos of the old and new Baseline Fire Lookouts. There are a lot of interesting fire lookouts in the area. It is rugged wilderness and fire is a perpetual enemy. Shame about the refuse. It is disrespectful. Nice images. I suspect you dropped in from Rocky Mountain House.

  2. Marcin says:

    Thanks for the note Barry. Yes, we did in fact drove through Rocky Mountain House. But the more efficient route would have been south of Cow Lake. We should have turned west a few kilometres before Rocky Mountain House.

    The old lookout is one of those beautiful 1920s structures; very similar ones are still standing on Mount Burke and Black Rock Mountain. For those interested, I highly recommend Mike Potter’s guidebook Fire Lookout Hikes in the Canadian Rockies.

    The new lookout is not very exciting; almost the entire top of Baseline Mountain is fenced off and not accessible to the public. There are some mountain views to the west.

    The motorized trails users that we encountered were mostly courteous and friendly, family-type folks. But dozens of empty beverage containers along the trails indicate the area is also frequented by disrespectful drunks.

    On the way back, we drove south along the Forestry Trunk Road aka. Highway 734. It is drivable in a car, but has some steep and windy sections in the Clearwater River area. Later this hiking season we are planning to visit the Limestone Lookout that we saw from the road.

  3. Barry says:

    I frequently reference Mike Potter’s books as well. He writes well and provides interesting background particularly for fire lookouts. Recently I was speaking with Chip at the Barrier Fire Lookout and 2011 has the highest snowpack at upper elevations in more tha 100 years. Rivers may run high for a good portion of the summer. A great summer could be spent hiking to old or active fire lookouts. A great view is guaranteed.