Activities and Amenities
YAAK MTN. LOOKOUT RENTAL, MT
part ofKootenai National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sun May 31 2015 Season Dates
OverviewYaak 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
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.
Mailing Address:YAAK MTN. LOOKOUT RENTAL
Three Rivers RD 12858 US Hwy. 2
TROY MT 59935-8750
Phone Number:Information: (406)295-4693