Salmo Lookout

Total Miles


2,006.34 ft


3 Hours

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Trail Overview

Gravel USFS roads from Sullivan Lake to the Salmo Mountain summit lookout have access to a wide variety of 4WD routes, campsites, lakes, streams, and hiking trailheads, and are suitable for bicycles and horseback riding. This is a very narrow road with very limited passing areas, rocky gravel, some washouts, and steep slopes to the summit. There is lots of parking just below the summit and also at the lookout with beautiful views of Idaho and Canada and the Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area of Washington. No OHVs/ATVs are allowed without a USFS permit.


High clearance vehicles are recommended on the upper summit route; expect washouts, rocks, steep slopes, some water on route, and snow anytime between fall and early summer. Washouts and floods are common in the valley below. Passing is extremely limited on the summit route.


The USFS Lookout is no longer used, but the building is intact and borders the Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area.

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Access Description

Gain access from Highway 31 to Sullivan Lake Road by either Sullivan Creek Road or Highline Road (one road north of Sullivan Creek Road-take Highline east to USFS 250, which takes you downhill to intersect Sullivan Creek Road). At the "Y" intersection just past the bridge on the east end of Sullivan Creek Road, turn north on the Salmo Lookout Road. The last few miles to the summit require you to turn left on an unmarked dirt track (well-used) just before the hiking trailhead parking area-if you reach the trailhead, turn around and look for that dirt track on the right/north heading into the trees.

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