Stark Mountain Lookout
US 367, MT 34

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 367, MT 34 (view other lookouts in United States, Montana)
Date Registered July 14, 2000
Location Lolo National Forest
Mineral County, Montana
Coordinates N 47° 05.298' W 114° 34.230' (view using Google Maps)
N 47° 05' 18" W 114° 34' 14"
N 47.088300° W 114.570500°
Elevation 7,113 ft (2,168 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Ninemile Ranger District


As the artwork and photo attest, Stark Mountain Lookout on the Lolo National Forest is in the heart of Montana lightning country. That has not deterred Virginia Vincent who has staffed the lookout for 30 years. The multiple fires in the picture were taken August 4, 2000 by FFLA member Vincent who saw many of them burst out at the time of the strike in the middle of the night. In all there were 32 fires ignited on the Ninemile Ranger District that day. The first lookout at Stark was a L-4 on a 30' pole tower. It was replaced by the present R6 flattop on a 20' treated timber tower in 1964 and remains very active.


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Interior, 2011

Interior, 2011

View of Missoula Valley from lookout

View of Missoula Valley from lookout - courtesy of Angela Wells

Photo courtesy of Angela Wells

Visit Reports

August 2, 2015: Trish Wicks & Mike Gould


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Paint on the inside was excellent. Love the color choice. Outside paint job is in progress. Windows all look fantastic. Tom was very informative and very alert to his watch.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? Yes

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response