Anderson Mountain

Elevation: 8,034 ft
Prominence: 935

The footings for the lookout tower are all that remains on the summit.

This peak is not in the book. Updated July 2019


Anderson Peak is located at the northern end of the Beaverhead Range just west of the Continental Divide. It is a former fire lookout site. The tree covered summit is located just off the Continental Divide Trail. There is a view to south toward the Pyramid Peak.  USGS Gibbonsville

The footings for the lookout tower are all that remains on the summit.

The footings for the lookout tower are all that remains on the summit.

Bing Young recounted the lookout history: Anderson Mountain is located at the head of Anderson Creek and Trapper Gulch in the North Fork Ranger District. It is only a mile from the Continental Divide and [was] the most northern of all the Salmon Rational Forest Lookouts. It can easily be reached by way of a road from Chief Joseph Pass (which reportedly provides winter“s best crosscountry skiing in Lemhi County).

Anderson Mountain apparently was selected as a lookout in the witer of 1932-33, as the Supervisor’s report indicates that it was budgeted for that summer. A 70-foot lookout tower was erected on the site with the residence cabin below. It was always a third degree lookout, used only in emergencies. The Forest Supervisor at the time  stated that the lookout point would be worthless without a tower. Salmon National Forest Fire Lookouts by Bing Young 1982, page 17.

Access and Route, Class 1

From Salmon take US-93 north to Lost Trail Pass. Turn east on to Montana highway 43 and follow it to Chief Joseph Pass. At the pass, turn south onto FS-081 which can be followed to the lookout site. This section of road is part of the Continental Divide Trail. It is 6.4 miles from the highway to the summit with only a few hundred feet of gain. A 4WD is recommended. Check with the Forest Service for current road conditions.

My GPS Track.

My GPS Track.

Mountain Range: Beaverhead Range

Year Climbed: 2019

Longitude: -113.90949   Latitude: 45.61469

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