Salmon Mountain Lookout
US 800, ID 78

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 800, ID 78 (view other lookouts in United States, Idaho)
Date Registered April 24, 2009
Nominated by Gary Weber
Location Bitterroot National Forest
Idaho County, Idaho
Coordinates N 45° 37.016' W 114° 50.200' (view using Google Maps)
N 45° 37' 01" W 114° 50' 12"
N 45.616940° W 114.836670°
Elevation 8,943 ft (2,726 m)
Built 1949
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators West Fork Ranger District


The honor of NHLR listing #800 goes to Salmon Mountain Lookout on the Bitterroot National Forest. First developed as a tent camp with alidade, in 1938, it was replaced with a log L-3 cupola with windows around the first floor. This classic 1936 model L-4 ground house with catwalk was built in 1949 and is staffed by volunteers. Salmon Mountain Lookout is the only L-4 ground cab remaining in the area. Located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, less than a mile south of the Magruder Corridor and the Montana Road, Salmon Mountain also looks into the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness to the north of the corridor. In recent years, it has been staffed by a volunteer group.


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