We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Lots of steps but a beautiful view at the end

Beautiful view of the island and water. Lots of steps to get to the tower, then more to climb the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Beautiful View! Easy climb!

Don't be intimidated by the climb! It's not bad for an able bodied person and there are multiple... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2018
Duluth, Minnesota
Read all 37 reviews
All photos (13)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good35%
  • Average16%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“degree view”(4 reviews)
“easy climb”(3 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Mountain Road, Washington Island, WI 54246
Reviews (37)
Filter reviews
37 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews degree view easy climb flights of stairs worth the effort surrounding islands fall colors sturdy mountains trees hike michigan magnificent benches picnic path
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 37 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful view of the island and water. Lots of steps to get to the tower, then more to climb the tower. Well worth it if you make the climb up the tower. There was a porta potty there, but no other information or things to...More

Thank bigsei
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Don't be intimidated by the climb! It's not bad for an able bodied person and there are multiple opportunities to take a break. I'm surprised by the people who "complain" that the trees prevent a perfect 360 view - the trees are majestic and gorgeous!...More

Thank Colleen587
Reviewed 23 August 2018

It's several steps to climb and reach the top of this lookout tower. You're above all those trees,. This will be best for the fall season because of fall foliage, but for the summer, nothing special.

Thank pasyalannatin
Reviewed 18 August 2018

It was a bit of a climb up the hill and then the tower, but well worth the effort. The view was beautiful on a lovely day.

Thank lmeckfess
Reviewed 23 July 2018

It's a hike- someone coming down said there were 125 steps up the "mountain" and then another 50 to the top of the tower- people with fear of heights might think twice on a very windy day, the tower is sturdy but small and the...More

1  Thank cg37
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Made a stop to check out the views from atop the tower. Not terribly high but sits atop a hill so that you are just able to see over the tree tops. Lots of steps to get to the base of the tower. Some seating...More

1  Thank Richard C
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Going to the lookout tower on a clear day is a must. You can see some of the surrounding islands and across the bay to upper Michigan. The views are spectacular and worth the hike up, so don't forget to bring your camera.

Thank goosehunting
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Lots of steps, so this is not for those who struggle with mobility. The view was pretty. The majority of what you'll see are trees but worth a trip. You may get queasy if you're afraid of heights.

Thank Whitney S
Reviewed 4 October 2017

The climb to the top is good exercise but should be given serious thought by anyone with mobility issues. We were disappointed by the view from the top of the tower because it is 75% obstructed by the surrounding trees. The only view is the...More

1  Thank John S
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Burn off some of those vacation calories. The lookout offers nice views. Colors are just starting to turn, but this would be a great place to see peak fall colors. It's not a terrible climb, I am not fit and did it no problem.

Thank Hitcher84
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 3 nearby hotels
Townliner Motel
23 reviews
2.94 km away
Bitter End Motel
7 reviews
3.00 km away
Findlay's Holiday Inn
36 reviews
4.16 km away
Parkside Inn
44 reviews
20.51 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 20 nearby restaurants
Fiddlers Green
109 reviews
2.10 km away
Red Cup Coffee House
95 reviews
3.72 km away
Jackson Harbor Soup & Sandwiches
72 reviews
3.60 km away
Nelsen's Hall Bitters Pub
81 reviews
2.98 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 24 nearby attractions
Washington Island Stavkirke
196 reviews
2.37 km away
Washington Island Ferry Line
525 reviews
6.10 km away
Schoolhouse Beach
345 reviews
2.83 km away
Jacobsen Museum
65 reviews
4.44 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Rodney R
18 April 2017|
Response from theguysm0m | Reviewed this property |
I lost count at 150. On the path to the tower, there are several flights of stairs. The rise on those is actually less than standard. So each step is not as high as the usual ones in your house. But there are probably 12... More