July 14, 1954: "Due to the unusually deep snow at this season of the year, only one lookout in the Packwood district has been opened -- Dry Creek. The others will be opened later this month if the phone line situation can be cleared up, Ranger Morrison said. The line at present is buried under several feet of snow." (The Daily Chronicle)
October 18, 1956: "The final forest fire lookout of the season was closed in the Packwood district early this week by assistant Ranger Jack Fowler, who locked up the building in preparation for the winter weather. The station closed was the Dry Creek lookout, 2,600 feet above the White Pass highway five miles south of here (Packwood). (The Daily Chronicle)
June 20, 1960: "The first forest fire lookout station to be established this season was activated last week at Dry Creek - for 24 hours. Ralph K. Coon, Packwood district ranger, explained that the lookout station at Dry Creek, four miles west of Packwood, was manned June 13 after two weeks of dry weather. The wet weather started again Monday night and the fire watcher was brought back from the lookout Tuesday." (The Daily Chronicle)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - DRY CREEK PID - SB1027 STATE/COUNTY- WA/LEWIS COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - PACKWOOD (1994)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1946 (JTJ) THE STATION IS LOCATED IN THE COLUMBIA NATIONAL FOREST, 5 MILES SOUTHWEST FROM PACKWOOD. IT IS SITUATED ON THE SUMMIT OF A ROUND GRANITE KNOB WHICH IS OCCUPIED BY THE DRY CREEK LOOKOUT HOUSE. 5 FEET NORTHEAST FROM THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE LOOKOUT HOUSE, 8 FEET WEST FROM THE EAST RIM OF THE KNOB AND 25 FEET EAST FROM THE WEST RIM OF THE KNOB. IT IS A STANDARD, BRONZE, TRIANGULATION STATION DISK WELDED TO THE TOP OF A 3 INCH IRON PIPE WHICH PROJECTS 6 INCHES. THE DISK IS STAMPED DRY CREEK 1946.
TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE POST OFFICE IN PACKWOOD, GO SOUTHWEST ON STATE HIGHWAY 5 FOR 4.0 MILES TO THE SMITH CREEK ROAD. TURN LEFT AND FOLLOW THE SMITH CREEK ROAD FOR 0.15 MILE TO A FOREST SERVICE GATE. PASS THROUGH THE GATE AND CONTINUE FOR 0.2 MILE TO A SIGN DRY CREEK LO TRAIL. FOLLOW THIS TRAIL FOR APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS TO THE HIGHEST POINT AND THE STATION AS DESCRIBED. HORSE PACK.