Mt. Baldy-Buckhorn Ridge Lookout

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  The Mount Baldy - Buckhorn Ridge Lookout sits at an elevation of 6,529 feet in the Kootenai National Forest. This location has been used as an observation point for detecting forest fires since 1910. The current lookout tower was built in 1957. The lookout is typically available from late June through late September, and is accessible by car, though high clearance vehicles are recommended for the primitive roads. Some creature comforts are provided, but guests should be prepared to pack in many of their own amenities.

Natural Features: The lookout offers views of the Kaniksu National Forest in Idaho, the Cabinet Mountain Range, and Rock Candy Mountain. The panorama features endless mountain peaks and evergreen forests. Guests have an ideal location for watching sunrises and sunsets, or for gazing out over the starry night skies. 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: Aside from exploring Mount Baldy, hikers can find a network of trails in the surrounding Yaak Area. The Northwest Peaks Scenic Area, located in the

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