Montlake Mountain Lookout
US 1292, TN 33

Photo courtesy of Victoria Oliver

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1292, TN 33 (view other lookouts in United States, Tennessee)
Date Registered February 19, 2019
Nominated by Victoria Oliver
Location Hamilton County, Tennessee
Coordinates N 35° 15.036' W 085° 13.164' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 15' 02" W 085° 13' 10"
N 35.250600° W 085.219400°
Elevation 1,854 ft (565 m)
Built 1950s
Administered by Tennessee Division of Forestry


At one time, Montlake was one of 28 fire towers in the Chattanooga District. They were all in sight of each other, watching jointly over thousands of acres of land. It is a traditional Aermotor style tower, 80' tall, with 7'x7' cab and wooden steps. The lookout is in good condition, and was safe to climb in 2019. The tower is located next to the forestry office, which allows guests to climb the tower.

The tower was manned for 17 years by forestry technician Jim Brown, and into 2014 by Frank Westwood.


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