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MT. BALDY-BUCKHORN RIDGE, MT

part ofKootenai National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: MT. BALDY-BUCKHORN RIDGE
Status: Closed through Tue Nov 25 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

The Mount Baldy - Buckhorn Ridge Lookout sits at an elevation of 6,529 feet in the Kootenai National Forest. This location has been used as an observation point for detecting forest fires since 1910. The current lookout tower was built in 1957.

The lookout is typically available from late June through late September, and is accessible by car, though high clearance vehicles are recommended for the primitive roads. Some creature comforts are provided, but guests should be prepared to pack in many of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The lookout offers views of the Kaniksu National Forest in Idaho, the Cabinet Mountain Range and Rock Candy Mountain. The panorama features endless mountain peaks and evergreen forest. Guests have an ideal location for watching sunrises and sunsets, or for gazing out over the starry night skies.

Kootenai National Forest supports populations of deer, elk, moose, grizzly and black bears, wolves and mountain lions (bear safety). A variety of smaller mammals and birds can also be found.

Recreation:

Aside from exploring Mount Baldy, hikers can find a network of trails in the surrounding Yaak Area. The Northwest Peaks Scenic Area, located in the northwest corner of the Yaak Area, offers a variety of hiking trails in beautiful settings.

Hunting is also possible nearby. Wild berries grow in the area, inviting berry pickers.

Facilities:

This 144 square foot lookout cabin sits atop a 26-foot tower and is encircled by a catwalk. It can accommodate 4 people and comes equipped with 1 bunk bed and 3 mattresses, a table, 2 chairs, broom and dustpan. Propane appliances are provided that include a cook stove, heater and refrigerator. An outhouse with pit toilet is located nearby.

The lookout does not have electricity or water. Guests must provide their own water for drinking, cooking and washing.

Items such as cooking gear, bedding, lanterns or flashlights, matches, extra toilet paper, first aid supplies, trash bags, dish soap, and towels are not available. Guests are expected to pack out their trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

Nearby Attractions:

Yaak Falls is a popular destination just a short drive from the lookout off Yaak Highway 508. Spring and early summer are the best times to visit, when the snowmelt finds its way over the falls.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Lookout Tower
  • Mattress(es)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • Star Gazing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Hunting
Know Before You Go
  • There is no water; guests must provide their own for drinking, cooking and washing
  • The road to the lookout is primitive with low clearance
  • Due to the tower's height, children and pets are discouraged
  • Access depends on weather conditions
  • Please pack out all trash and clean cabin before departure
  • Learn more about the Kootenai National Forest
    • 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):
    48.83611, -115.92917
    48°50'10"N, 115°55'45"W

    From Troy Montana, follow Highway 2 West for 9.5 miles to Yaak Highway 508. Follow Yaak Highway 508 for 18 miles north to Meadow Creek Road 524. Follow Road 524 1 mile to junction with Road 745. Take road 745 approximately 4 miles to Baldy Mountain Lookout Road 591. Follow 591 for approximately 2 miles to Road 5954. Take Road 5954 to the lookout.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    MT. BALDY-BUCKHORN RIDGE
    Three Rivers RD 12858 US Hwy. 2
    TROY  MT  59935-8750

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (406)295-4693
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