The West Fork Butte Lookout rental, on the west side of the Lolo National Forest near the Idaho border, is a historic "14-foot by 14-foot" fire lookout cabin (on the ground) located on a rocky knob with expansive views of the Lolo Creek drainage, Lolo Peak, and the Bitterroot Mountains.
The cabin is equipped with a propane cooking stove, a wood stove, 4 metal bunk beds, broom/dust pan, dishes, utensils, pots, pans, and chairs. Bring your own bed linens/sleeping bag. We recommend that you bring your own lantern, lantern propane, matches/lighter, and cleaning supplies such as paper towels and cleaning spray. Please remember to clean the lookout when you leave. A lighter is useful to thaw the combination lock if frozen in winter. Firewood can be limited, so please conserve wood or bring your own. No drinking water. Outhouse available. $30/night fee. Open all year round.
From Lolo, Montana drive 17 miles west on U.S. Highway 12. Turn left (south) onto West Fork Butte Road # 37 (near the Earl Tennant Campground). Follow Forest Road #37 approximately 6.9 miles to the second junction. Take a sharp turn to the left (north). Look for the West Fork Butte Lookout road sign and gate. Follow the road to the lookout. Winter Access: The gate at the beginning of Forest Road #37 is closed during the winter and early spring to provide skiing and snowmobiling opportunities.
Courtesy of USDA Forest Service