Tuesday, October 01, 2013
This view from the summit of Slate peak is from the highest drivable point in Washington State, at 7440ft.and the top of Hart's Pass- A fascinating story, the road was first constructed in the 1890's to service the gold and silver mines that prompted the near 1000 residents at the time to brave the elements and live here. The road was "improved" in the 1950's to clear the way for the construction of a cold-war radar installation, but still clings precariously to the side of a cliff in several areas. The top 41 feet of the mountain were blasted off to make room for construction and the original Fire Lookout torn down. The Radar Installation was removed at the end of the cold war, and the current Fire Lookout sits atop a 41-foot structure to restore the original view. The PCT runs right through this area, and several trails access the amazing Pasayten Wilderness area. The vistas are spectacular in any direction and are worth the significant effort involved in getting here.