Duck Creek Point

Elevation: 9,130 ft
Prominence: 1,599

This peak is not in the book. Published June 2019


Duck Creek Point is located at the southern end of the Yellowjacket Mountains subrange of the Salmon River Mountains. The old lookout was still standing in 2010.  USGS Duck Creek Point

Bing Young writes: Duck Creek Point is in the Yellowjacket Mountains near the southern end of the Forest. It is one of the high lookout points at 9130 feet. Wayne O’Connor of Salmon remembers that the present building atop Duck Creek Point was built in 1935. Although the present building is reportedly “leaning,” there has been no action taken to destroy the lookout. The picture of the Duck Creek building indicates it is an  interesting old lookout. It is entirely of wood with its basement of  squared-off” log construction.

The 1975 Forest Inventory of Buildings located on the Forest says that “if it weren’t for the fact that the building is effectively guy wired from all four corners, it might not still be standing.“ . . .

Finally: the report says, “Recommend that this building be burned. It is an extreme safety hazard to anyone going insidefior up the stairs. There is nothing left of value with the possible exception of the lightning rod protective device and it is probably not worth the time and effort needed to salvage it.”

Duck Creek was possibly used as a lookout a few years was constructed, as a 1932 fire plan has smokechasers stationed there.

The question whether or not to use Duck Creek was debated extensively. Red Rock got the lookout first, saw exclusive Salmon country, and was located on a road. But the Challis Forest preferred Duck Creek because it saw essentially the same country as Red Rock, plush  buck Creek because it saw essentially the same country as Red Rock, plus a lot of important country on the Challis. Though the lookout was ‘finally built on Duck Creek, it fell into disuse before many of the Depression-era lookouts, and its neighbor, Red Rock.

Duck Creek Point is most easily reached by traveling up yrophyry Creek from the old townsite of Forney, passing through Red Rock Peak to the end of the road and hiking the rest of the ridge along a trail. The road was never finished to Duck Creek Point. —Salmon National Forest Fire Lookouts by Bing Young 1982, pages 19-20.

Mountain Range: Eastern Salmon River Mountains

Longitude: -114.49729   Latitude: 44.91029

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