Cold Mountain Lookout
US 714, ID 47

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 714, ID 47 (view other lookouts in United States, Idaho)
Date Registered January 2, 2008
Nominated by Richard Holm, Jr. and Lawrence Kingsbury
Location Payette National Forest
Valley County, Idaho
Coordinates N 44° 57.150' W 116° 02.750' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 57' 09" W 116° 02' 45"
N 44.952500° W 116.045830°
Elevation 5,106 ft (1,556 m)
Built 1935
Administered by Richard Holm, Jr.
Cooperators Richard Holm, Jr., Owner


This lookout was built in 1935 with materials hauled in over a hundred miles by pack mule over trails into the Payette National Forest. In 1936 a log cabin was constructed on site. The following year a young Norman Borlaug (winner of a Nobel Prize in 1974), staffed the 72’ Aermotor tower with 7’x7’ metal cab. The tower was removed in 1994 and the cabin burned by a wildfire in 2000. In 2007 a private party restored the top 20’ of the tower near the shore of Payette Lake.


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