Lookout Mountain

The view from the summit of Lookout Mountain is stunning. The Lions Head, Lion Head Ridge, Abandon Mountain and numerous other striking Selkirk Crest land features lay before those who make the 2 ½ mile hike to the lofty vista point. In 1929, a cupola cabin was built to house lookout personnel. Along with the lookout tower (rebuilt in 1977) the cabin still stands as a sentinel overlooking the magnificent Selkirk Mountain Range. The unique building is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register and is, in itself, well worth the hiking effort.


Drive north from Coolin on Cavanaugh Bay/Eastshore Road/State Forest Road # 1 toward the Lionhead Unit of Priest Lake State Park (23 miles). Continue about 4 miles past the Lionhead Campground and bear right onto State Forest Road #44. Continue on Road #44 for 2 ½ miles to the junction with State Forest Road #43, turn right onto Road #43.  Go ¼ mile to the junction with State Forest Road #432 turn left onto State Forest Road #432 and climb steadily for 3.0 miles to the trailhead on the left. Follow the trail to Lookout Lake. Beyond the lake, the trail ascends to a small saddle and trail junction. Stay on the trail to the left. This trail segment will terminate at Lookout Mountain Road. Follow this road to the lookout site.

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