Clarke Mountain Lookout
US 580, ID 45

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 580, ID 45 (view other lookouts in United States, Idaho)
Date Registered June 1, 2004
Nominated by Virginia Tillotson
Location Clearwater National Forest
Clearwater County, Idaho
Coordinates N 46° 37.795' W 115° 32.729' (view using Google Maps)
N 46° 37' 48" W 115° 32' 44"
N 46.629920° W 115.545480°
Elevation 5,208 ft (1,587 m)
Built 1952
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


The first lookout was in the 1920s with a D-6 cupola cabin. The present L-4 cab atop a 10' concrete base was built in 1952.


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Visit Reports

July 12, 2003: Rod Fosback


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? No Response
Comments: This L-4 has removable interlocking plywood shutters which are keeping out most of the weather but not the pack rats.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? I hiked the old lookout trail from the Bungalow Ranger Station site. It is open to motorcycle use. Another trail reaches the lookout from Elk Mountain which is now a 4 wheeler ATV trail. <br /> <br />This lookout site is mentioned in the book "Smoke Chaser" by Warren Yahr.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
A sign is posted by the Ranger District asking for help in restoring this lookout. While there, I was visited by the District Ranger who rode up on his mountain bike. He said no one or group has stepped up to help. The concrete block base is collapsing. Support beams have been added underneath to hold up the cab. The catwalk is unsound on two sides.