MINTON PEAK LOOKOUT, MT

Minton Peak Lookout is situated in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,351 feet in the Kootenai National Forest. The original lookout was constructed in 1932, replaced in 1968, and completely rebuilt in 2011. The mountain was named after Col. David Minton, an Ohio cavalryman ...
Status: Open through Wed Oct 15 2014   Season Dates

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  • There is no water source available at the lookout; guests must provide their own for drinking, cooking and washing.
  • Due to vandalism, equipped items are not guaranteed.
  • Access depends on weather conditions.
  • Please pack out all trash and food and clean the lookout before departure.
  • Pets are allowed, but please keep them off the mattresses.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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    MINTON PEAK LOOKOUT LOOKOUT 4 Pull-Through
    Pets Allowed
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    Overview

    Overview

    Minton Peak Lookout is situated in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,351 feet in the Kootenai National Forest. The original lookout was constructed in 1932, replaced in 1968, and completely rebuilt in 2011. The mountain was named after Col. David Minton, an Ohio cavalryman who homesteaded (and is buried) near the mouth of Minton Creek. The lookout is typically open from late June through mid-October and is accessible by car. This rustic retreat offers a few amenities, but guests should pack in most of their own supplies and gear.

    Natural Features:

    The lookout sits five feet off the ground and is surrounded by an evergreen forest. It offers panoramic views of the Clark Fork Valley, the Bitterroot Mountains to the west and the Cabinet Range to the east. This is an ideal vantage point to enjoy sunrises and sunsets and gaze out at starry skies on clear nights.

    Recreation:

    Mountain roads and scenic trails provide access to explore the area.

    Facilities:

    The 14x14 foot cabin sits on a five foot tower. The lookout has windows on all sides and is encircled by a catwalk. The cabin sleeps four people and is equipped with two twin size beds with mattresses. Other amenities include a table and chairs, wood stove for heat, two-burner cooktop (propane not provided), broom and dustpan. Firewood is provided. An outhouse with a vault toilet and a campfire ring are located outside. The lookout does not have electricity or water. Guests should bring enough water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. Items such as cooking gear, bedding, lanterns, matches, extra toilet paper, trash bags, dish soap and towels are not available.

    Booking Window
    Tue Sep 02 2014 - Sun Mar 01 2015

    Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Tue Jul 01 2014 Wed Oct 15 2014
    Peak Wed Jul 01 2015 Thu Oct 15 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Campfire Rings
    • Grills
    • Twin Bed(s) with Mattress
    • Vault Toilets
    • Wood Stove
    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    Fee Information
    Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

    Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
    Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

    Changes and Cancellations
    A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    Jul 01 2014 -
    Oct 15 2014
    LOOKOUT $40.00
    Peak Season
    Jul 01 2015 -
    Oct 15 2015
    LOOKOUT $40.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    47.82836, -115.771
    47°49'42"N, 115°46'16"W

    From Trout Creek, take Cedar Street to Pine Street. Turn right and follow for 5.89 miles. (Pine St. turns into Marten Cr. Road). Turn left on Minton Peak Road 322 and follow for 7.9 miles to the lookout Road 322A. Follow this road for 0.62 miles to the lookout.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    MINTON PEAK LOOKOUT
    2693 MT Hwy 200
    Trout Creek  MT  59874

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (406)827-3533