Grave Peak Lookout
US 136, ID 8

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 136, ID 8 (view other lookouts in United States, Idaho)
Date Registered November 24, 1995
Nominated by Margaret J. Gorski, Powell District Ranger
Location Clearwater National Forest
Idaho County, Idaho
Coordinates N 46° 23.640' W 114° 43.779' (view using Google Maps)
N 46° 23' 38" W 114° 43' 47"
N 46.394000° W 114.729653°
Elevation 8,062 ft (2,457 m)
Built 1924
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Powell Ranger District


Grave Peak Lookout is the only D-6 cupola-style structure in the Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness—Clearwater National Forest—and one of the three remaining in Northern Idaho and Montana. The 8,062’ peak was first used in 1914 for fire detection and the 12’x12’ groundhouse was constructed in 1924. The site was featured in a story recounted in the book: “A River Runs Through It” by Norman McLean, who worked as a lookout on Grave Peak in 1919.


Change Basemap

Visit Reports

July 1, 2003: Dick Gilman


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? Yes
Comments: I replaced the shutters in Aug 1998. 18 panes of the bottom glass are broken and the top ate entirely missing. The NE corner is sagging. Is not leaking but a new roof will be needed soon. The hardwood floor also needs replacement. as does the stove.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes