Summit Ridge Lookout
US 31, SD 4
April 2017 photo

April 2017 photo - courtesy of Brad Wheeler

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 31, SD 4 (view other lookouts in United States, South Dakota)
Date Registered November 15, 1991
Nominated by Burns L. Davison, District Ranger, USFS, Elk Mountain Ranger District
Location Black Hills National Forest
Pennington County, South Dakota
Coordinates N 43° 51.236' W 104° 03.177' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 51' 14" W 104° 03' 11"
N 43.853940° W 104.052949°
Elevation 6,082 ft (1,854 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Elk Mountain Ranger District
Available for Rental Yes, learn more


A sister tower to Elk Mountain, and located nine miles due north, Summit Ridge Lookout was built in 1942, also by the CCC. The 67.5' steel tower, with 7'x7' cab also has a log cabin living quarters. Last staffed in 1972, it is now used for emergency detection only. The Elk Mountain Ranger District has restored the facility.

The tower has a somewhat unusual roof style that is different than what was shown on its construction plans.


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