Sagebrush Lookout
US 887, ID 81

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 887, ID 81 (view other lookouts in United States, Idaho)
Date Registered July 22, 2010
Nominated by Luke Channer
Location Salmon-Challis National Forest
Lemhi County, Idaho
Coordinates N 45° 16.233' W 114° 26.751' (view using Google Maps)
N 45° 16' 14" W 114° 26' 45"
N 45.270550° W 114.445850°
Elevation 7,147 ft (2,178 m)
Built 1926
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Salmon/Cobalt Ranger District

Description

The 4A 14'x14' cab on Sagebrush Lookout on the Salmon-Challis National Forest dates to 1926. Last staffed in 2000, it is badly in need of adoption and restoration.

Map

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Photos

2009 photo (courtesy Luke Channer)

2009 photo (courtesy Luke Channer)

2009 photo (courtesy Luke Channer)

2009 photo (courtesy Luke Channer)

2009 photo (courtesy Luke Channer)

2009 photo (courtesy Luke Channer)

Visit Reports

July 3, 1966: Jeff Watkins

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No

Staffing

Staffed? Yes

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response

Other Comments

Comments I manned the lookout the Summer of 1966, July 3- Sept 17. Found first fire July 4. Fabulous experience. Had a wood-burning stove. Got groceries by horseback every 3 weeks. Lightning made the stove, bed-frame, and alidade glow blue. Walked 20 miles back to Panther Creek carrying my guitar and a box of chipmunks.

July 1, 2009: Luke Channer

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No Response
Comments: Filled with packrats. Old wood and propane stove still there. Door does not latch. Roof mainly watertight. One shuter missing. Floor intact. Not much of a catwalk left.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Other enroachments? cell phone service at lookout but none for 60 mile of road leading to trailhead

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? Trail to lookout crosses a stream over 15 times. Poor trail and I wouldn't attempt with out a good map and GPS. Isolated LO and difficult to get to.

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes