Love to navigate and find Fire Lookouts. Some are manned lookouts, some not, and sometimes I can't get close enough to be sure what I'm looking at! Here are some lookouts, views, and some other things along the way. Lookout information provided by local signs and Rex's Fire Lookout Page.
Typical way I transported the mule, and solo camping.
Hawley Mt. Lookout, on Hawley Mt. Rd. N.E. of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. Actually, closer to Garden Valley as the crow flies.
Elevation 7301ft. Unmanned, built in 1935, now used as communications/weather point.
No need to find a tree at Hawley Mt.
Pilot Peak L.O. Elevation 8128ft. Unmanned, built 1932, now used as a NASA UFO Tracking Site. (Just kidding, communications/weather point.
Can't see it, but Sunset L.O. is on the ridge in the distance.
Miners cabin off Forest Service rd. between Pilot Peak L.O. and Wilson Peak.
Sunset Mt. L.O. Elevation 7869ft. Manned, built in 1930, rebuilt 1958. Manned by a woman lookout who share fresh cherries with me. North of Idaho City.
View from L.O.
Pilot Peak L.O. on distant ridge. Can't see it though.
Jackson Peak L.O. East of Lowman, Idaho. Elevation 8124ft. Manned, built in 1927, rebuilt 1981. When I arrived lookout guy was reading a newspaper in his robe. I didn't stay, thus the long range pictures. Upper rd in photo is from ridge to lookout, lower rd is from ridge jct. to spring (water supply for lookout).
Silver Creek L.O. North of Garden Valley/Crouch, Idaho. Manned. Lookout seemed unfriendly so we turned around quickly and took this photo at a distance.
Tripod L.O. North of Sage Hen Reservoir, S.W. of Cascade, Idaho. Unknown if it is manned. Can't ride all the way to it, have to hike to it and I wasn't up to the trek cause I was still recovering from a knee injury.
Blue Lake below Tripod L.O. Photo taken from Snowbank rd. Trail from rd leads to lake, but again...knee!
Further up snowbank rd. Thought this was a lookout site, but ended up being a FAA Flight Radar thingy!
Saw this to the right of the FAA Radar Thingy. Thought it might have been an old lookout. Didn't hike/ride to it cause of the...you know...knee. Looks like a
communication/weather point now. I'll go back here someday to find out for sure.
Thorn Creek Butte L.O. S.S.E of Idaho City, Idaho. Manned during this visit. Have been there before (no photo's) when it was unmanned as well. Built in 1933.
Sheephorn Mt. L.O. between Challis and Salmon, Idaho. Built in 1933, rebuilt in 1965. Unmanned and is now a Forest Service Rental. We plan to stay here one day.
Here are a couple of lookouts we visited while traveling the historic Magruder Road between Elk City, Id and Darby Montana.
Green Mt. L.O. 4 miles off Magruder rd. Unmanned, used for emergency. Built in 1930, rebuild 1954 and is on National Historic Lookout Register.
Burnt Knob L.O. Elevation 8196ft. Unmanned. Built in 1922, rebuilt in 1930, restored in late 1980's. 1.5 mile off Magruder rd. and is on National Historic Lookout Register. It was on a very, very rought rd. Has some trails nearby and a couple nice lakes below. Pretty cold on this day, we wore jackets. Lots of forest fire damage in the area and throughout the Magruder rd. corridor.
Hope you enjoy the photo's.