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CASTLE BUTTE LOOKOUT, ID
part ofClearwater National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu Jul 18 2013 Season Dates
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OverviewCastle Butte Lookout is a unique cabin perched on a rocky point, 6,659 feet above sea level. It offers breathtaking, 360-degree views of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the Seven Devils Mountains, the Great Burn area and the deep canyons of the North Fork Clearwater River's upper drainages.
A cabin was first constructed on this site in 1916 and was replaced in 1928 with a log cabin featuring a cupola. The current lookout was built in 1950.
Access to the lookout is via the Lolo Motorway, a primitive, single-lane road constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. It is not recommended for large RVs, vehicles with low ground clearance or trailers. Guests should be prepared to walk about 100 feet up steep, rocky terrain to reach the lookout.
Castle Butte Lookout is equipped with a few creature comforts, but guests will need to bring some gear and supplies to help make their stay enjoyable. The panoramic view guarantees a memorable stay.
The lookout is surrounded by a rocky landscape that quickly gives way to dense forests of lodgepole and Ponderosa pines.
Hikers can follow the paths of the Nez Perce and Lewis and Clark on the historic Lolo Trail. The Lolo Motorway is popular with off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Click herefor an Idaho OHV safety message.
Castle Butte Lookout can accommodate four people and comes equipped with two twin beds with foam mattresses, two cots, a table with two chairs, a propane cook stove, mop and bucket, propane lights and propane heater. A pit toilet is located in a separate building outside. Click here for additional cabin details.
The Lolo Motorway stretches for 100 miles through scenic mountain landscapes. Summer visitors can see meadows and hillsides blanketed in colorful wildflowers. Travelers should be prepared for rough, sometimes treacherous conditions. No services are located along this road, so travelers should have plenty of gas, food and water for the drive.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Kooskia, ID, take U.S. 12 east for about 65 miles and turn left on Road 107/Gravey Creek Road/Saddle Camp Road. Drive for about 6 miles, then take a slight right on Road 107/Gravey Creek Road. In about 3 miles, turn left toward Lolo Motorway/Lolo Trail. Take the first right onto Lolo Motorway/Lolo Trail. Drive for about 9.5 miles, then Lolo Motorway turns right and becomes Forest Road 561.
From Missoula, MT, take U.S. 12 west for about 75 miles and turn right on Road 107/Gravey Creek Road/Saddle Camp Road. Drive for about 6 miles, then take a slight right on Road 107/Gravey Creek Road. In about 3 miles, turn left toward Lolo Motorway/Lolo Trail. Take the first right onto Lolo Motorway/Lolo Trail. Drive for about 9.5 miles, then Lolo Motorway turns right and becomes Forest Road 561.
Mailing Address:CASTLE BUTTE LOOKOUT
RT.1 BOX 398
KOOSKIA ID 83539
Phone Number:Information: (208)926-4274