Sex Peak Lookout is situated in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,772 feet in the Kootenai National Forest. The original lookout was
constructed in the early 1920s and replaced by the current lookout in 1948.
The peak was named by I.V. Anderson, an early forester, and Harry Baker, supervisor of what was then Cabinet National Forest. It is rumored that they named the peak after their topic of conversation at the time.
The lookout is typically open from late June through mid-October and is accessible by car. This rustic retreat offers a few amenities, but guests should pack in most of their own supplies and gear.
The 14x14-ft. lookout has windows on all sides and is encircled by a catwalk. The cabin sleeps 4 people and is equipped 2 twin size beds with mattresses.
Other amenities include a table, chair, bench, a wood stove for heat, broom and dustpan.
Firewood is provided. An outhouse with vault toilet and a campfire ring are located outside.
The lookout does not have electricity or water. Guests should being enough water for drinking, cooking and washing.
Items such as a cook stove, cooking gear, bedding, lanterns or flashlights, matches, extra toilet paper, first aid supplies, trash bags, dish soap, towels and an ice chest are not available. Guests are expected to pack out their trash and clean the cabin before leaving.
If you have a reservation for Sex Peak Lookout starting, 9/23/22 and later, your reservation is valid, and you can stay in the lookout.
The Columbus fire has been approaching from Idaho and access to Sex Peak had been subject to closure. This morning a modified closure was released to Recreation.gov which gives you an alternate route to Sex Peak. We received rain last night and they are predicting more today and tonight. An earlier closure had been issued, but it does not apply to you and your rental of Sex Peak.
Under the modified closure, you will access Sex Peak Lookout by taking the first 2222 Rd. just past the last private residences and follow the signs to the lookout. The lookout is not threatened by the fire. This alternate route helps you avoid USFS and contractor traffic you would otherwise encounter on the other route. Since the alternate route is two miles shorter, you will gain elevation faster and enjoy more scenic vistas on your way to the lookout.
Please call the Ranger District at (406) 827-3533 prior to arrival to confirm your stay
Check-in 2:00 pm / Check-out is 11:00 am
There is a 5 consecutive day stay limit. A break of 7 days is requested before making another reservation.
Be aware, this facility is not cleaned between user visits. It is up to individual renters to bring their own cleaning supplies and clean before and after site use.
The lookout sits on a mound of rocks surrounded by evergreen forest. It offers panoramic views of Clarks Fork Valley, the Bitterroot Mountains to the west and
the Cabinet Range to the east. This is an ideal vantage point to enjoy sunrises and sunsets and gaze out at starry skies on clear nights.
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.
Old logging roads provide a way for hikers and mountain bikers to explore the area. Wild berries ripen in the area during the summer, inviting berry pickers.
Cabinet RD 2693 MT Hwy. 200 TROUT CREEK MT 59874-9503
For campground inquiries, please call: 406-827-3533
From Cabinet Ranger Station, travel approximately 11 miles southeast on Highway 200 and turn right onto Big Beaver Creek Road 152 (Faro Lane). Drive south 2 miles and take a right at the "T" junction. Follow this road for approximately 9 miles, after passing the “Jackpine Flats” camping area the road spits. Stay right at split onto Road 2222 and follow this road approximately 8.5 miles to the lookout. Road 2222 is a loop road that intersects with Road #152 at two locations. The easterly portion of this road is subject to seasonal closures and may not be passable (first sign for Road 2222) . The advised route up to the lookout is via the right turn just past Jackpine Flats.