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Little Guard Lookout

Drive-UpRental Program
Elevation: 6031′Coeur d’Alene National Forest


Little Guard Lookout, located about 9 miles north of Shoshone Camp, was one of the last remaining fire lookouts used in the Coeur d’Alene River area and has only just recently become inactive. The structure standing today on Little Guard Peak is the third in a series of lookout buildings that originated back in 1919. In October 1990, Little Guard Lookout was accepted for listing in the National Historic Lookout Register and the first for Idaho.

In 1919 a frame cabin was built on Guard Peak.

In 1929 a cupola cabin & crow’s nest was built on Downey Peak.

In 1957 the current 2-story concrete L-4 cabin was built on the south summit.

In 1977 the cabin was put on emergency staffed status.

Little Guard has become one of the most highly sought-after lookouts on the Rental Program in Northern Idaho.

Our Notes

Read about the crew’s Summer of 2021 visit to Little Guard HERE.

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