East Mountain Lookout
US 231, ID 17
East Mountain Lookout - 2001

East Mountain Lookout - 2001 - courtesy of John Platt

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 231, ID 17 (view other lookouts in United States, Idaho)
Date Registered August 15, 1997
Nominated by Gary Weber, Idaho Registrar
Location Valley County, Idaho
Coordinates N 44° 26.533' W 115° 52.174' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 26' 32" W 115° 52' 10"
N 44.442220° W 115.869560°
Elevation 7,723 ft (2,354 m)
Built 1929
Removed 2002 - Wildfire
Former Fire Lookout Sites Register 2056
Administered by Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association, Inc.
Cooperators US Forest Service - Boise National Forest


East Mountain Lookout is the first of the unique Idaho log house lookouts to be listed in the NHLR. Very few remain in existence. The first was a two-story 18’ x 18’ hip-roof structure built in 1914 by the Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association. It was replaced in the 1930s by a similar 20’x20’ log house lookout by a CCC crew under the direction of two Finnish carpenters. The lookout was staffed through 1995, when it was decommissioned. It is located on the Boise National Forest.

A dry lightening storm moved across the area in late June/early July, 2002 and started a 5 acre fire on the east side of the lookout, and strong winds carried small bits of flaming material uphill toward the lookout, which caught fire and burnt down before help arrived. The lookout was in the final stages of restoration by a preservation group when the fire occurred.


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