Thunderbolt Mountain Lookout
US 1456, ID 149
Thunderbolt Mountain Lookout

Thunderbolt Mountain Lookout - courtesy of the US Forest Service

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1456, ID 149 (view other lookouts in United States, Idaho)
Date Registered October 3, 2020
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Boise National Forest
Valley County, Idaho
Coordinates N 44° 43.953' W 115° 38.395' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 43' 57" W 115° 38' 24"
N 44.732553° W 115.639924°
Elevation 8,656 ft (2,638 m)
Built 1962
Administered by US Forest Service - Boise National Forest


Thunderbolt Mountain has hosted a lookout point since 1917. First a camp, then in 1933 a D-6 Plan cupola structure was built.

The current lookout is a Region 6 Plan Flat Cab built in 1962 or 1965.

Thunderbolt Mountain is generally staffed during the fire season.


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D-6 Cupola

D-6 Cupola - courtesy of USFS Region 4 History Collection