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Lookout Mountain



Lookout Mountain was at first a patrol point in 1921 – Elmer Berg had the honor of first lookout.

In 1929 a cupola cabin was built. Yak Yacorozynski was the first lookout to live/work the cabin.

Hank Deiner staffed the mountain in 1931

The Blakes (a newlywed couple) staffed the mountain from 1932

Ernie Grambo staffed the mountain 1933 & 1934

Don Peterson staffed the mountain from 1935 to 19XX

In 1939 a 50′ Pole L-4 tower was built

Jackson Miller staffed the mountain in 1943

Lookout Mountain was unmanned for 30 Years

In 1977 25′ Steel Tower w/ 15×15 Wooden cabin was built

Pam Aunon staffed the mountain from 19XX to 19XX

The cab atop the 1977 steel tower was dismantled in 201X

The 1929 Cupola cabin was restored by Ray Kresek and others in 1980s and still stands today.

Interview with Lookout Mountain’s Pam Aunan

“The more people who treasure [the lookout], the better”



Travel to Priest River via Highway 2 that runs between Sandpoint, Idaho, and Newport, Washington. At the light in Priest River, turn north onto state highway 57. After about 22.5 miles turn right onto the Dickensheet – East Shore Road for Coolin (well signed). Continue through Coolin along the east side of Priest Lake until you reach Lionshead Campground, about 19 miles.

WARNING The last 6 miles of road to the trail head are rough. A vehicle with good clearance is recommended and depending on conditions, 4WD would help.

Continue on the East Shore road another 4.5 miles (1/2 mile after milepsot 23) and turn right onto road ID State Forest Rd #44. After 2.4 miles, turn right onto road #43, which turns sharply left and becomes #432 in about ½ mile. Continue on #432 (total 3.2 miles from #44). There will be a gate (open) and a wide area with ample parking. A single piece of ribbon on the east road bank marks the beginning of the trail to Lookout Lake.
Continue to the dead end. The trail coming from Lookout Lake intersects here and continues on up to Lookout Mountain summit. It is a 2.4 mile hike up to the summit.

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