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part ofKootenai National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Fri Sep 25 2015   Season Dates


Yaak Mountain Lookout rests atop its namesake peak at an elevation of 4,977 feet within the Rocky Mountains in the Kootenai National Forest. The lookout tower has been used as an observation point for spotting forest fires since 1958.

The lookout is typically open from mid-June through late September. Access is available via primitive roads, and high clearance vehicles are recommended. This rustic retreat offers a few amenities, but guests will need to bring most of their own gear and supplies.

Natural Features:

The lookout is located in the Yaak Area, which features mountainous and heavily forested terrain, as well as several lakes scattered at varying elevations. Guests can enjoy outstanding views of the town of Troy, especially for 4th of July fireworks, as well as the Kootenai and Yaak River valleys and the surrounding mountains.

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.


Yaak Mountain Road is for non-motorized use only, with the exception of guests who reserve the lookout. Hikers can hike along this road, as well as explore the remnants of the structures that stood here before the current lookout.

Anglers can fish for rainbow trout in the Kootenai River. The Yaak River and its many tributaries provide habitat for cutthroat, rainbow, brook and bull trout.


The lookout sits atop a 45-foot tower and has a catwalk encircling the cabin. It can accommodate 4 people and comes equipped with a twin bed and 3 mattresses. Other amenities include a propane stove, refrigerator, heater, lights, table and chairs, fire extinguisher and cleaning gear. An outhouse with vault toilet is located a short distance away.

No electricity or water is available. Guests must bring their own supply of 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 northwest from Yaak Mountain. 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
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Hiking
  • Lookout Tower
  • Mattress(es)
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Reservation confirmation letter contains combination to the lock; please call the Ranger District at (406) 295-4693 prior to arrival to confirm the combination
  • There is no water; guests must provide their own for drinking, cooking and washing
  • Due to tower height, children and pets should not be brought to the lookout
  • Please pack out all trash and food and clean cabin before departure
  • Due to vandalism, equipped items are not guaranteed
  • Access depends on weather conditions
  • 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):
48.5625, -115.91694
48°33'45"N, 115°55'1"W

From Troy, Montana, follow Highway 2 west for 3 miles to the East Side Road 176. Follow the East Side Road 176 for 2 miles north to the Kilbrennen Lake Road 2394. Follow Kilbrennen Lake Road 2394 approximately 2 miles to the Yaak Mountain Road 4407.

You will find a gate on this road and need the combination code to enter. Keep gate locked after entry. Follow Road 4407 to the Yaak Mountain Lookout. Total distance from Highway 2 to the lookout gate is 4.15 miles.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

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

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)295-4693
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