Located in the northwest corner of the Challis National Forest and overlooking the River of No Return Wilderness, Little Soldier lookout was built in 1934. The 14’x14’ hip roof L-4 groundhouse with catwalk was on emergency status for a number of years but is again in active service.
The interior of the tower features a cirle fire finder atop a wooden stand in the middle of the floor. The windows on all four sides are comprised of windowpane sections. On the north side of the room is a wood shelf that holds the table radio. There is a black wood stove, and built-in shelves on the opposite side of the room. There are four heavy wood shutters raised and anchored to the deck by rebar-like structures. There is a small door on the south side of the structure. A wood deck wraps around the four sides of the lookout. Several old cement steps lead down to a wood hitching post. A small wood shed, and an outhouse comprise the other structures at the site.
Since Little Soldier is at a lower elevation, there are pine trees in close proximity, and the hillsides are covered in mountains grasses and sage. The main trail leading to the lookout is a steep ten mile ascent of deeply rutted switchbacks from the Indian Creek Ranger Station on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River via foot/horseback. There is a ridge trail that leads to a water pipe in a grove of thick pines that's frequented by wildlife and used as a game trail. The trail passes by the lookout, and it's common to see game near the deck. There's a long sloping saddle at the south side of the site and vast mountain ranges for as far as the eye can see in every direction. It's a 'remote' lookout with no road access. Fire lookout personnel must pack provisions in for the entire season. L.S. lookout is a peaceful and serene setting.
Lookout Christa Everett staffed this site in 1988 and 1989.