Black Mountain Cooperative Lookout
US 77, WY 3
Black Mountain Cooperative Lookout - 2017

Black Mountain Cooperative Lookout - 2017 - courtesy of The (Mostly) True Adventures of Lupe

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 77, WY 3 (view other lookouts in United States, Wyoming)
Date Registered January 30, 1994
Nominated by Michael H. Gagen, Wyoming State Forester
Location Medicine Bow National Forest
Albany County, Wyoming
Coordinates N 42° 18.679' W 105° 22.544' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 18' 41" W 105° 22' 33"
N 42.311310° W 105.375739°
Elevation 7,885 ft (2,403 m)
Administered by U. S. Forest Service, Wyoming State Forestry Division, Bureau of Land Management, Platte, Converse, and Albany Counties
Cooperators U. S. Forest Service, Wyoming State Forestry Division, Bureau of Land Management, Platte, Converse, and Albany Counties


Constructed by the U.S. Forest Service in 1958, Black Mountain Lookout is a 13’x 13’ metal flatroof structure with catwalk located atop a rock knob and reached by a metal stairway through the giant boulders. Located on Wyoming state land within the Medicine Bow National Forest, the lookout is staffed through a joint agreement with the USFS, BLM, State Forestry, Platte-Albany and Converse Counties.


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2018 photo

2018 photo - courtesy of Roger Lockwood

Visit Reports

September 30, 2018: Roger Lockwood


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: I manned the lookout in 2017 and 2018. Painted all woodwork inside and out with two coats. Stairway in good condition. Roof not leaking. Only one pane of glass cracked slightly. Catwalk and railing good condition. Internet established now at Lookout. Outhouse blew off a few years ago and replaced at bottom with new pit toilet. Rug inside is old and needs replaced. All cabinets functional. Flagpole functional.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: New dishes added to railing for Internet access by local rancher. Mounting dishes to lookout was an exchange for Internet access to ranger station and lookout itself. A solar panel array was added to charge internet system and a bank of about 10 HD batteries.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? 3 miles of steep rocky road. 4X4 access only, or by foot.


Staffed? Sometimes
USFS seasonal from about May 15 to September 30, depending on snow and fire conditions.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No


Photo courtesy of Roger Lockwood