Sixty years ago, there were 600 wildfire lookout posts in Washington state. Employed by the US Forest Service, Lookout Rangers worked summer jobs manning the posts and acting as lifelines for the forest. Among them was Jack Kerouac. Today, the number of lookout posts in the state has dwindled to 92.
On a commission from Filson, 29-year-old photographer Kyle Johnson traveled around the state to explore the last remaining lookout posts. The photos, shot entirely on medium format film, beautifully capture not only these lingering structures, but also the stunning vistas and people he encountered along the way.
View the entire series on the Filson blog.
(via Cool Hunting)