Bear Creek Point

Elevation: 8,629 ft
Prominence: 409

This peak is not in the book. Published June 2019


Bear Creek Point is a remote, former fire lookout site located above and just west of the Middle Fork Salmon River in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. USGS Bear Creek Point

Bing Young provided the following information: Bear Creek Point is on the west side of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, at the head of Bear Creek and Cub Creek. It now borders the Salmon and Challis National Forests, though the lookout administration was from the Salmon office.

Bear Creek Point was a Depression Era lookout. A building was contemplated in 1932, and by 1935 it had been completed. Today, little, if anything remains, as the lookout has apparently been burned.

Bear Creek Point, at 8629 feet, provided excellent views of the Middle Fork country and especially offered good views into the Challis forest. The likely reason for its limited use and eventual demise was that it largely duplicated what other lookouts could see—especially the more accessible Martin Mountain and Middle Fork Peak.

Bear Creek Point can be reached by hiking up Sheep Creek or  Bear Creek to a trail onto the Bear Creek Ridge. The former lookout lies within the center of the River of No Return Wilderness Area, and is surely one of the least accessible and visited lookout points today. Salmon National Forest Fire Lookouts by Bing Young 1982, pages 18-19.

Mountain Range: Central Salmon River Mountains

Longitude: -114.80489   Latitude: 44.89309

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