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MCGUIRE MTN. LOOKOUT RENTAL, MT
part ofKootenai National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sun Jun 21 2015 Season Dates
OverviewMcGuire Mountain Lookout was originally constructed in 1923 and was actively used as an observation point for detecting forest fires for over 20 years before it was abandoned around 1944. The structure was later renovated between 1983 and 1998 and is now available for rent for up to four people.
McGuire Mountain is located approximately 14 miles southwest of Eureka. Access to the lookout requires a 2.5 mile hike from the parking area at Little Sutton Mountain; visitor arrival is dependent on road and weather conditions.
The McGuire Mountain Lookout is located in the Rexford Ranger district within the Koocanusa Area, which is primarily centered along the narrow 90-mile Koocanusa Reservoir, formed by the Libby Dam.
Backpacking opportunities abound in the area surrounding McGuire Mountain. Take trail #446 past the lookout and enjoy many more miles of scenic views.
The lookout is a 12 x 12 foot wood-frame cabin with a pyramidal-shaped roof. On top of the roof there is a pyramidal-shaped cupola and a wooden ladder inside the cabin leading up to it. Windows completely surround the structure, providing a 360-degree view of the surrounding area.
Two paved highways running adjacent to the reservoir and extending from Eureka to Libby have been designated by the Forest Service as a Scenic Byway.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Access depends on weather conditions. The road is normally plowed within 14 miles of the cabin.
McGuire Mountain is located approximately 14 miles southwest of Eureka and may be reached by taking Othorp Lake Road 854. Stay on this road to Pinkham Creek Road 856 and continue for approximately 13 miles. Turn and follow Sutton Ridge Road 494 west to Little Sutton Mountain, where you will see a sign marking the beginning of the lookout trail.
Park all vehicles and continue from the trailhead to your destination approximately 2.5 miles up trail #446.
Mailing Address:MCGUIRE MTN. LOOKOUT RENTAL
Rexford RD 949 US Hwy. 93 N
EUREKA MT 59917-9550
Phone Number:Information: (406)296-2536