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part ofNez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, US Forest Service


Liz Butte Cabin is truly a mountain hideaway, situated on top of Liz Butte at 6,098 feet above sea level. This rustic log cabin was built in the 1930s and used as a home for Forest Service lookout guards who spent their days on the tower scanning the horizon for signs of fire. The lookout tower no longer exists.

Access to the cabin 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.

The cabin is primitive and offers few amenities, so guests should be prepared to bring most of the gear and supplies they'll need for a comfortable stay. The cabin can be accessed by car, but the last half-mile is steep and rocky. High clearance vehicles are recommended.

Natural Features:

The cabin's location offers expansive views of the Lochsa River Canyon to the south and the North Fork Canyons of the Clearwater River to the north. Evergreen-forested peaks stretch as far as the eye can see.

Guests have an ideal vantage point for watching the sun rise over the mountains each morning and dip below them each night. Wildlife watchers may spot deer, elk, bears, moose, mountain goats and a variety of bird species, including eagles.


Hikers and equestrians can access the Idaho Centennial Trail from the cabin. Other trails lead to Smith Butte or loop around Weitas Ridge. These trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers or horseback riders.


The cabin is a single room with a sleeping loft and front porch. It accommodates four people and comes equipped with two single beds with mattresses, two cots, a wood stove and a table with chairs.

A stone campfire ring and outhouse with pit toilet is just outside the cabin. Firewood is stacked on the front porch, but it may need to be split.

The cabin does not have water or electricity. Guests are responsible for bringing their own drinking water, lighting and garbage bags for packing out trash. A door lock is not provided, so guests may wish to bring their own lock. Items like bedding, a camp stove with fuel, a cooler with ice, first aid supplies, an axe, cookware and utensils, matches and toilet paper are not provided. Guests should bring their reservation permit.

Nearby Attractions:

The Lolo Motorway stretches 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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cot(s)
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pit Toilets
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Historic Sites
  • Lake Access
Know Before You Go
  • The cabin does not have a lock, so guests need to bring their own
  • There is no water at the cabin
  • Cell phone coverage is unreliable
  • No garbage service is offered; please pack out your garbage
  • Candles are not permitted in the cabin
  • No livestock allowed
  • Domestic pets are allowed; please be sure to clean up after them
  • Access to the cabin requires a vehicle with high ground clearance - trailers not recommended
  • This cabin has occasional visits from Forest Service employees or members of the public; these people may be using the restroom or looking at the views from the butte
  • Click here for more information about Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.44833, -115.33139
46°26'54"N, 115°19'53"W

Driving time from the west to Liz Butte Cabin is 3 hours from Kamiah along Forest Roads 100 and 500.

From Kooskia, ID, take Highway 12 East to Kamiah. Turn left onto Woodland Road for half a mile, then take the second right onto Glenwood Road (Road 100). Stay on this paved road for 22 miles, where you will pass Lolo Campground. Stay on Road 100 for another 5.25 miles to the junction with Road 103. Turn right and follow it for 15 miles to Beaver Dam Saddle. At the junction, turn right onto Road 104 and go 1/2-mile to the junction with Road 500. Turn left and proceed on Road 500 for approximately 14 miles until you reach Liz Butte Junction, Road 560. Turn left and drive 4 miles to Liz Butte Cabin. The last 1/2 mile of road is steep and rocky - proceed with caution.

Driving time from the east on Saddle Camp Road 107 to Liz Butte Cabin is 2 hours. Travel north from Highway 12 on Road 107 for 9 miles. Make a hard left on Road 500 at the junction and drive west for approximately 25 miles to Liz Butte Junction. Turn right and drive 4 miles to Liz Butte Cabin. The last 1/2 mile of road is steep and rocky - proceed with caution.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

RT. 1 BOX 398
KOOSKIA  ID  83539

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)935-2513
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