Boise National Forest Fire Lookouts

Fire Lookouts are a great way to experience the mountain world. I just discovered a Boise National Forest brochure (linked below) that covers most of the existing fire lookouts on the forest and provides brief access information for each. (All of these mountains have pages on this website.) Fire lookout sites were chosen because of their commanding views. You will … Continue reading

An Overview of the Lookouts on the Salmon National Forest by Bing Young, 1982

Blue Nose Lookout. Luke Chandler Photo

According to A History of the Salmon National Forest, by 1916 there were two lookouts on the SNF, at Blue Nose and Salmon City Peak (later given the name “Baldy”). It was assumed that most of the forest could be seen from these two points. Cathedral Rock, in the Bighorn Crags, was also used at times to see the Middle … Continue reading

FIRE LOOKOUTS By Rick Baugher

For more on fire lookouts see the following article: Boise National Forest Fire Lookouts  By the 1930’s the Forest Service had a goal to “put a firewatch on every mountaintop”. Idaho ended up with 989 fire lookout structures- more than any other state in the Pacific Northwest. Of southern Idaho’s 128 lookouts, 36 were above 9000′. Red Wings at el … Continue reading