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COUGAR PEAK LOOKOUT, MT
part ofLolo National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu Jun 25 2015 Season Dates
OverviewThe Cougar Peak Lookout offers guests an opportunity to experience an old-time Forest Service lookout. The tower commands an impressive view of the river valley, the surrounding Cabinet Mountains and the opposing Coeur d'Alene Mountains. The structure is small and is not elevated like many other lookouts, and is available for rent from July 1 to September 15 each year.
The lookout can be accessed by vehicle, although late spring snow drifts may compromise parts of the road, requiring visitors to hike a short distance. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The tower is situated in the Clark Fork River drainage, at an elevation of 6,694 feet, in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana. It was built in 1952 to replace an existing, older structure dating back to the 1930s. The lookout was part of the old Cabinet National Forest, which was divided by the Forest Service in 1954 to become the Lolo National Forest.
A variety of trails and points of exploration are accessible from the lookout. The Cougar Peak hiking and mountain biking trail follows the ridge below the lookout and travels towards Vermillion Pass to the northeast.
The 14-by-14 structure is small, but can accommodate up to four people. There is a bed for two, a table and two chairs and a wood stove. No other furnishings are provided. A rustic outhouse with a vault toilet is available about 200 feet from the lookout, at the parking area.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Thompson Falls, Montana, travel west on Highway 200 for about a mile. Before crossing the Clark Fork River bridge, turn right onto Blue Slide Road and continue about 8 miles, to the junction with Forest Road 403. Turn right and travel about 14 miles to the lookout. Maps are available online or for purchase by calling the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District.
Mailing Address:COUGAR PEAK LOOKOUT
408 CLAYTON, PO BOX 429
PLAINS MT 59859
Phone Number:Information: (406)826-3821