Rainier Lookout Site
US 559, WA 5

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 559, WA 5 (view other lookout sites in United States, Washington)
Date Registered July 22, 2010
Nominated by Irene Potter
Location Olympia
Thurston County, Washington
Coordinates N 46° 59.483' W 122° 41.494' (view using Google Maps)
N 46° 59' 29" W 122° 41' 30"
N 46.991390° W 122.691570°
Elevation 500 ft (152 m)


Located on the Fort Lewis Military Reservation, the first tower at Rainier was a 100' timber tower with an L-6 cab with catwalk built by the U.S. Army in 1942. In 1968 it was replaced by a 112' steel tower and sold in 2000 and then moved to and sold again to Islandwood. It took IslandWood until 2009 to get the new cab, treads, and stairs designed and the entire tower reconstructed. They had the dedication of the tower with its new name of Canopy Tower in May of 2009.


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1965 photo of wooden tower

1965 photo of wooden tower