Spot Mountain Lookout
US 799, ID 77

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 799, ID 77 (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° 47.233' W 114° 51.283' (view using Google Maps)
N 45° 47' 14" W 114° 51' 17"
N 45.787220° W 114.854720°
Elevation 8,024 ft (2,446 m)
Built 1972
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators West Fork Ranger District


In 1922 the Bitterroot National Forest built the first Spot Mountain Lookout, a two story log cabin with windows on all sides. In 1934 it was replaced by an L-4 on a 10’ tower. The current R-6 flattop with catwalk on a 10’ concrete base was built in 1972. Spot Mountain Lookout sits in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness Area overlooking the Selway River. Located in the Idaho portion of the Bitterroot National Forest, management of the lookout has at times switched back and forth between the Bitterroot and Nez Perce forests, but Spot Mountain is currently managed by the Bitterroot and is staffed as funding allows.


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