Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
400.00 ft (121.92 m)
Trail type
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
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Red Top Mountain Lookout makes for a great short hike in the Snoqualmie Pass area. At just 2 miles round trip, the hike is a perfect expedition for children. The tower on the ridge provides constant incentive as you make your short climb. As you leave the parking lot, a junction leads to two trails to the top: the path to the right is slightly more gentle and includes more shade and wildflowers, whereas the left path is steep and more direct. Looping is always an option on the way down.

This one of several Washington fire lookouts that are publicly accessible; if a volunteer is on duty, ask if the tower is available for a quick look. The views from the lookout are grand, indeed. On a clear day, you’ll see Mount Rainer and the Stuart Range in addition to the Cle Elum and Teanaway valleys. When you have finished with the expansive views, take a moment to peruse the ground for a few of the agates that show up in this area.

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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Family friendly. Great views. Short trail. Wildflowers.


Rough road. Narrow, rocky trail.

Trailhead Elevation

4,970.00 ft (1,514.86 m)


Big vistas
Old-growth forest


Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington


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