Basin Butte Lookout Tower

Total Miles
8.1

Elevation

2703.07 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

summer, fall

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Trail Overview

Difficulty

Easy

History

Basin Butte Lookout is a historic R4-80 standard plan fire lookout. Built in 1934, the lookout provided fire protection for the Stanley Basin and the Salmon River Mountains until it fell into disuse as aircraft replaced lookouts as the primary means of fire detection. Although the building was planned for replacement in the late 1970s, those plans were never carried out, and the lookout remains for the most part unchanged since its construction.

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

From Hwy 21 take NF-653, take a left at the Y where NF-633 begins to the right. It's a short drive up to the next Y take a right onto NF-432 and you will come to a large gate. It should be closed but is not locked. This is the beginning of the trail.