This structure was constructed in 1997 and was a replica of the original cupola structure constructed in 1917. The lookout site was later moved to the North Point Site in the 1940’s. “It is regrettable that this local landmark had to be removed, but the structure was beyond repair,” stated Millett. The site’s remote location has made it a target of vandalism over the years and that has led to its deterioration.
The Clallam County Chain Gang removed the structure by hand over a three day period. “In these days of limited budgets and personnel, use of this crew provided an economical way to alleviate this hazard,” Millett said.
The Kloshe Nanitch Lookout and surrounding area has long been a popular picnic destination for visitors. It provides spectacular views of Mount Olympus, the Sol Duc Valley, and Lake Crescent. The Kloshe Nanitch Trail #882.1 remains open, and plans are already underway to build an observation deck where the fire lookout used to be. The observation deck is expected to be completed next summer. For additional information, please contact the Pacific Ranger District at 360-374-6522.