Shafer Butte Lookout
|Registry Numbers||US 366, ID 32 (view other lookouts in United States, Idaho)|
|Date Registered||December 1, 2000|
|Nominated by||Boise National Forest|
Boise National Forest
Boise County, Idaho
N 43° 46.308' W 116° 05.268' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 46' 18" W 116° 05' 16"
N 43.771800° W 116.087800°
|Elevation||7,502 ft (2,287 m)|
|Administered by||U.S. Forest Service|
|Cooperators||Boise National Forest|
Up in the hills north of Boise is a most unusual lookout on top of a lookout. First established in 1926 by the Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association with a two-story cabin,
Shafer Butte Lookout was replaced in 1958 when the Boise National Forest constructed a 14' x 14' R-6 flattop cab on a 10' concrete block base. The ground floor was used for living quarters many years ago, and later was used as a radio and storage room. The second floor then became living quarters. As the radio towers expanded, the third floor was used for the alidade and observation.
In the late 80s or 90s, the Bogus Basin ski patrol began to occupy the second floor. The lookout is now used in emergencies.
Original Structure - Constructed circa 1926
Photo courtesy of the US Forest Service