Sex Peak Lookout

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Sex Peak Lookout is situated in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,772 feet in the Kootenai National Forest. The original lookout was constructed in the early 1920s and replaced by the current lookout in 1948. The peak was named by I.V. Anderson, an early forester, and Harry Baker, supervisor of what was then Cabinet National Forest. It is rumored that they named the peak after their topic of conversation at the time. 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 on a mound of rocks surrounded by evergreen forest. It offers panoramic views of Clarks 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. 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: Old logging roads provide a way for hikers and mountain bikers to explore the area. Wild berries ripen in the area during the summer, inviting berry pickers.

Facilities: The 14x14-ft. lookout has windows on all sides and is encircled by a catwalk. The cabin sleeps 4 people and is equipped with 2 twin-size beds with mattresses. Other amenities include a table, chair, bench, a wood stove for heat, broom, and dustpan. Firewood is provided. An outhouse with a vault toilet and a campfire ring is located outside. The lookout does not have electricity or water. Guests should bring enough water for drinking, cooking, and washing. Items such as a cook stove, cooking gear, 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. Open season June. 

Fee: $45/night

Directions:

From Cabinet Ranger Station, travel approximately 11 miles southeast on Highway 200 and turn right onto Big Beaver Creek Road 152. Drive south 2 miles and take a right at the "T" junction. Follow this road for approximately 9 miles, then turn right onto Road 2222 and follow this road approximately 8.5 miles to the lookout.

Courtesy of USDA Forest Service

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