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Burnt Knob Lookout

DRIVE-UPABANDONDEDELEVATION: 8196 FT

History

Burnt Knob was first just a alidade back in 1922.

In 1930 the current log cabin was built atop this granite ridge overlooking McArthur, Stillman and Burnt Knob lakes.

In 1964 the lookout was put on emergency status.

Burnt Knob is located almost at the halfway point on the Magruder Corridor road and can be accessed with a high clearance vehicle.

Our Notes

Unfortunately during our visit in the fall of 2020 it was socked in with smoke from California wildfires – so badly that we only caught quick glimpses of the lakes below. Other than the smoke our visit to Burnt Knob was great – it was good to see the lookout in good condition despite what we had been led to believe.

The Magruder Corridor is the only road that bisects the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Acres upon acres of this road travels thru burn areas from different years, its a stunning landscape if you can appreciate what its recently survived.

So much history is still accessible along this road, including several lookout towers. We enjoyed our trip through the area very much and are planning a return visit to hit those lookouts that we missed the first go-round.


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