Castle Butte Lookout

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

The historic castle Butte Lookout stands high above the ground against a beautiful blue sky.

Originally built in 1916, replaced in 1928 and rebuilt as a lookout in 1950, the Castle Butte Lookout is perched on a rocky point 6659' above sea level in north central Idaho. Thrilling panoramic views of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the Seven Devils, the Great Burn Area, and the North Fork of the Clearwater drainage can all be enjoyed while warming yourself inside the lookout and cooking a meal.  The lookout houses up to 4 comfortably, has lights, a heater and a propane stove and is located 2 miles off the scenic Lolo Trail National Historic Landmark Corridor, AKA the Lolo Motorway (requires a high-clearance vehicle). Along the Motorway, hikers and OHV riders alike can retrace the historic paths of the Nez Perce and Lewis & Clark on their journey west and perchance visit one or all of the four high mountain lakes in the area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Temporarily closed - opens for the summer season July 19
Reservations: Yes.  Reservations can be made through Recreation.gov
Rentals & Guides: Click here for a pdf list of outfitters and guides licensed to work throughout the forests.
Fees A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities. Nightly/Daily rates are $30.  See Recreation.gov for details.
Open Season: July 19 - September 15
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: OHVs are not allowed off roads. The lookout has a 4 person limit and stock is not allowed at site.
Closest Towns: Lowell, ID
Water: Drinking water is not provided.
Restroom: 1 pit toilet
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

Courtesy of Recreation.gov:
From Kooskia, ID, take U.S. 12 east for about 65 miles and turn left on Road 107/Gravey Creek Road/Saddle Camp Road. Drive for about 6 miles, then take a slight right on Road 107/Gravey Creek Road. In about 3 miles, turn left toward Lolo Motorway/Lolo Trail. Take the first right onto Lolo Motorway/Lolo Trail. Drive for about 9.5 miles, then Lolo Motorway turns right and becomes Forest Road 561.

From Missoula, MT, take U.S. 12 west for about 75 miles and turn right on Road 107/Gravey Creek Road/Saddle Camp Road. Drive for about 6 miles, then take a slight right on Road 107/Gravey Creek Road. In about 3 miles, turn left toward Lolo Motorway/Lolo Trail. Take the first right onto Lolo Motorway/Lolo Trail. Drive for about 9.5 miles, then Lolo Motorway turns right and becomes Forest Road 561. 


Parking:

Lookout area is approximately 2 acres, and here vehicles may park next to the lookout.


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Activities


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Day Hiking

Between two National Historic Trails in the Castle Butte vicinity, day hiking opportunities abound.

For in depth information on the Nez Perce National Historic Trail (Nee-Me-Poo National Historic Trail) visit their webpage here!

Trail 40: the Nee-Me-Poo National Historic Trail

Trail 25: the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail 


Horse Riding & Camping

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Hunting

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Outdoor Learning

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Scenic Driving

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Fire Danger Level: High
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.43417
  Longitude : 
-115.21917
  Elevation : 
5100' - 7100'