Skookum Butte Lookout
US 172, MT 14

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 172, MT 14 (view other lookouts in United States, Montana)
Date Registered June 5, 1996
Nominated by Gary Weber, FFLA
Location Lolo National Forest
Missoula County, Montana
Coordinates N 46° 39.841' W 114° 23.680' (view using Google Maps)
N 46° 39' 50" W 114° 23' 41"
N 46.664020° W 114.394660°
Elevation 6,772 ft (2,064 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Missoula Ranger District


Constructed in 1928, Skookum Butte Lookout is one of only three remaining L-5 log/frame ground houses remaining in Montana and Northern Idaho. It is located on the Lolo National Forest on the state line southeast of famed Lolo Pass. The lookout has not been regularly staffed since sometime prior to 1965, but remains relatively intact. The Montana Chapter of FFLA plans to initiate restoration in 1996.


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Lookout interior

Lookout interior

Visit Reports

September 4, 2011: Kyle Stetler


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: The structure has developed a more aggressive lean to the south and roughly half the shutters have come off. Most of the glass is still intact but the wood logs around the bottom of the cab have begun to rot.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? The trail is in good condition with new water bars.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes