Meadow Peak Lookout


Area Status: Open
Meadow Peak Lookout

Meadow Peak Lookout sits atop its namesake mountain at an elevation of 6,710 feet in the Kootenai National Forest. The lookout has been used as an observation point for spotting forest fires for over 60 years. 

The lookout is typically open from mid-June through late September. Access to this lookout is along mountain roads with sections of loose sharp rocks and small boulders. High clearance 4 wheel drive vehicles with off-road tires are recommended. This mountain hideaway offers some amenities, but guests should plan to pack in most of their own supplies. Cell service is available at the lookout. The lookout is typically open from mid-June through late September. .

Natural Features: The lookout is located in the Purcell Range of the Rocky Mountains and offers panoramic views of densely forested peaks, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, Lower Thompson and McGregor Lakes.  Kootenai National Forest supports populations of deer, elk, moose, grizzly and black bears, wolves and mountain lions (bear safety). A variety of smaller mammals and birds can also be found.

Recreation: Hikers can find places to explore around the lookout, and the surrounding Libby Area offers more than 400 miles of summer use trails. The lookout offers an ideal vantage point for star gazing on clear nights.

Facilities: The lookout stands 10 feet tall and has a 225 square foot cabin, which is encircled by a catwalk. It sleeps four and comes furnished with two twin beds, both with mattresses. Other amenities include a two-burner propane cooktop (bring your own propane), table and chairs, fire extinguisher, cleaning supplies and some cooking utensils.  An outhouse with vault toilet is located near the tower. A campfire ring is located outside, but firewood is not provided. Water and electricity are not available. Guests must bring enough for drinking, cooking and washing. Items such as cookware, bedding, lanterns or flashlights, matches, extra toilet paper, first aid supplies, trash bags, dish soap, towels and an ice chest are not available. Guests are expected to pack out their trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • This lookout is available from late June to last weekend of September, road conditions permitting.
Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov  
Fees: $45.00 a night
Open Season: June - September 30
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Kalispell, MT
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: U.S Forest Service
Information Center:
  • The lookout and gate are secured with a combination lock; please call the Libby Ranger District at (406) 293-7773 prior to arrival to confirm your reservation and the combination.
  • There is no water; guests must provide their own for drinking, cooking and washing
  • Open fire allowed inside fire ring unless fire restrictions are in effect.
  • Access depends on weather conditions
  • Please pack out all trash and food and clean cabin before departure.

General Information

Directions:

From Libby follow Highway 2 East for approximately 40 miles. Near mile post 80, take a left onto Meadow Peak Lookout Road 511. Follow road 511 for approximately 8.7 miles to the lookout. Road 511 is a gravel forest road that is steep, narrow and rough in places.


Activities

Cabin Rentals

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Highlights

  • Be Bear Aware!
    Montana is bear country! Learn about bears and safe practices while visiting the Kootenai
  • Food Storage Order
    A food storage order signed in 2022 requires food storage practice across the Forest to reduce the potential for human-wildlife encounters
  • Know Before You Go OffSite Link

    Regardless of the activity, always be prepared! Stay informed of current conditions and follow safe practices when enjoying your National Forests

  • Leave No Trace OffSite Link

    Visitors are asked to practice Leave No Trace principles while on the Kootenai National Forests to help maintain this abundant ecosystem and sustainable recreation.

  • Weed Free Forage
    It is a violation of rule (FS) and law (State of Montana) to utilize forage or mulch materials that contain the seeds of noxious weeds

Location

 
  Latitude : 
48.079651

  Longitude : 
-114.989079

  Elevation : 
6710' at lookout - 3443' at Hwy 2