Last Update:  March 16, 2008
First photo is a set of falls on the White Salmon River.   Our first mission was setting out to locate several old saw mill sites that were marked on our USGS maps.  One was
called Smelzer Mill.   The area is pictured above and nothing was found.    Another was Gablehouse Mill, but the area was gated off and appeared to have several residence
on the site.   These were located southeast of Trout Lake, Washington.


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Exploring the Mt. Adams Area
July 21, 2007
In late July, 2007, my wife and my friend John and I
drove our Land Cruiser to the Mt. Adams area of
Washington State.

This was just a day trip, but we covered many miles.  
On this day we explored the general area west of Mt
Adams.  This trip included numerous visits to lava
fields and cave and several former fire lookout sites.
On a high mountain top southeast of Trout Lake.
This is possible called Butter Cave.   It's one of many open and collapsed lave tubes on the south slope of Mt. Adams that we would fine and explore today.
This lava tube had quite a mystery.  A very old staircase leading down to what appeared to be a very shallow cave.   The staircase appeared to have been abandoned
decades ago and built decades earlier.    It's purpose is unknown, unless the shallow cave at one time went much further back.   It seemed like a lot of work to build to such a
shallow cave that was indistinguishable from the dozens of others in the area.
About 3 miles by air, southeast of Trout Lake is a large number of a series of lave tubes.   These all appear to be the part of the same lava tube that stretches at least 10 miles
from Trout Lake to the southeast.    This section above is called the 5 lava bridges area and is where large sections of the underground tube have collapsed revealing itself
and several caves as well as several land bridges over the tubes.
Several interesting features were found while hiking around this area, including this huge buro on an old stump and a very large old growth stump left behind by fairly
recently loggers.
The remains of Flattop Lookout.   Technically called East Flattop Lookout.  It's been abandoned for many years.  What remains is the lower residence building and garage.  
The upper deck which contained the lookout tower is missing.  Note the outline of the stairwell.  This building was scheduled for restoration in the early 1990s, but it looks like
it never happened.  
An unknown falls somewhere east of Sawtooth Mountain
One of the many logging roads in the area.  This one paved, but as you can see underwent a major slide recently.
Looking east at Mt. Adams from an old logging road, just east of Sawtooth Mountain.
Langfield Falls, near Tire Junction.
Our last exploration of the day was an attempt to reach Red Top Mountain Lookout.  We made it to the top, only to find no sign of the lookout.   We would have continued
exploring, but it was getting dark and time to get off the mountain.  

Red Mountain Lookout was originally built in 1910.  Several structures were built here, but in 1972, the site regulated to emergency use only.   Apparently at some point
afterwards, the lookout was destroyed.
The original look out was built here on the east side in 1921.  The original structure was then moved to the west side in 1930 and destroyed in 1960.   A new structure was
built in 1930 to replace the structure that was moved.  It apparently existed in 1997, but has since been destroyed.    In 1933, a L5 cab was built here, but was destroyed in
1946.  In 1946, this structure was built with a lower 14x14 two story with a cab building up top with modern sloped windows.    It was abandoned in 1960.

From 1960 until the 1990s, the two story building remained.  A restoration was planned in the late 1990s, but at some point, the upper cab either fell off or was removed.  
Today, the lower story is all that is left.   It's doubtful it will restored at this point.  

This is a USFS photo of the above building taken right after it was built in 1946.