The Lookout Mountain
Preserve covers a wide section of forested foothill south of Lake Louise
Road and Sudden Valley. The first property of this assembly was acquired
in a joint purchase with Whatcom County in 2002 and encompasses 369 acres
of dense woodlands and steep ravines that form the headwaters of Austin
and Beaver Creeks.
In an initial cleanup effort, crews from the City, County and Washington Conservation Corps removed over 50 tons
of garbage and construction debris from the property's gated access area and Lookout Mountain Road.
City and County continue to restore the property, enhance riparian areas,
and monitor the roads for illegal vehicle traffic. A hiking trail now provides
access to a small footbridge over the lower section of Austin Creek, as
well as two
dramatic 12-foot waterfalls further up the channel, and, a scenic overlook
with a panoramic view of the surrounding Lake Whatcom Reservoir and valley.
Three recent independent City purchases to the west have added
184 acres to the overall preserve.
- 553 acres; 18 units taken out of development