The Steliko Lookout sits at an elevation of 2,586 feet in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Built in 1947, the lookout was used by Forest Service personnel until the 1990’s. The peak is still used by staff during emergencies to get a view of the surrounding area. The lookout is accessible by SUV or four-wheel drive truck from mid-April to mid-November. The road is narrow and steep at the beginning, please use all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive to limit road damage. Mid-November – mid-April the lookout is accessible by walking, skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling the 1.5 miles up the road, depending on snow level it can be hazardous to drive. Recent upgrades to the building will make your stay comfortable, but are still primitive, guests should be prepared with their own supplies.
Nearby roads and the Steliko Ridge trail offer opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and dirt biking. Although you may still see the light of nearby houses from the top, the star gazing is still very good. A short drive up valley leads to other recreation sites like Silver Falls, Entiat Falls and many trails. Always check conditions before embarking on your next adventure.
The 16x16 cabin sleeps four and is equipped with four single foam mattresses, two on regular frames and two on trundle style frames. Two foldable tables, a bench with two burner propane stove, a heater, refrigerator and broom and dust pan are provided. An outhouse with a vault toilet is located 40 yards from the lookout and a picnic table is outside. The lookout is heated by a propane heater that vents to the outside of the building, lighting instructions are provided. There are LED strip lights that provide a lot of light and a USB plug for devices. Guests must bring their own water for drinking, cooking and washing. As well as cookware, dishes, bedding, flashlight, first aid supplies, trash bags and maybe a game or two.
Views from the lookout include Tyee Mountain, Stormy Mountain and east to the Waterville Plateau. The open hillsides are covered with balsam root and Lupine in the spring and guests can usually spot a mule deer or two as this is great winter range.
Numerous forest roads are adjacent to the lookout and ready to be explored by bike, dirt bike, foot or truck. The Steliko Ridge trail is also adjacent to the lookout and is open to dirt bikes, mountain bikes, horses and hikers. This trail travles for approximately four miles out the ridge to the north.