Peak cabin: a fire-spotter's lonely vantage point in Washington state


Dan Richards

Continuing our series about memorable encounters, we hear the story of the fire watchman of Desolation Peak in Washington State

A few years ago, I travelled to the Cascade mountains of Washington state to research fire lookouts – crow’s nests for smoke spotters to raise the alarm in case of forest fires. My goal was Desolation Peak, the cabin where rookie vedette Jack Kerouac spent 63 eventful days in the summer of 1956.

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