Lookout Butte by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 6,259 ft
Prominence: 142

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This peak is not in the book. Published December 2020

Lookout Butte is a forested hump with large boulders and two USGS benchmarks on top. Unlike the other forested buttes in this area, Lookout Butte has an indisputable high point that is well marked. The scramble up the southwest ridge is not too bad. Although not a ranked summit, Lookout Butte is worth the modest effort required to climb it. USGS Lookout Butte

Lookout Butte as viewed from FSR-156 to its southwest. The butte is the forested hump in dead center. Livingston Douglas Photo


FSR-701 is located along US-20 south of Island Park. The trick is finding it. I had to use my GPS to locate the correct road since there are several to choose from on the east side of US-20. FSR-701 is located exactly 0.9 miles south of [signed] Graveyard Flats Road on US-20. FSR-701 is unsigned and has a pullout area near the highway. Drive 0.4 miles east on FSR-701 to a [signed] junction with FSR-156. Park just south of this junction in a small pullout (6,120 feet). Please note that the USGS topo map mislabels FSR-701 as “Graveyard Flats Road.” It is NOT Graveyard Flats Road.

Southwest Ridge, Class 2

The Climb

From the junction of FSR-701 and FSR-156, hike briefly north up FSR-156. Leave the road to bushwhack northeast across a flat section of grass/scrub to reach the forest and a ridge of sorts. Continue to head northeast through some brush and boulders higher up to reach the ridge crest. Follow the ridge crest a short distance in the forest to reach the large boulders on the summit. You will find two separate USGS benchmarks in the summit boulders. There are no views given the forested nature of the summit area.

The large summit boulders atop Lookout Butte. Livingston Douglas Photo

The U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey benchmark atop Lookout Butte. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Centennial Range

Longitude: -111.43809   Latitude: 44.21469

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