Garver Mountain Lookout is perched on top of Garver Mountain at an elevation of 5,874 feet. The lookout is located in the Yaak area of the Kootenai National Forest, characterized by its minimal services and rugged beauty. This destination is ideal for visitors with an adventurous attitude, looking for a plethora of outdoor activities.
Garver Mountain Lookout has been used as an observation point for detecting forest fires since 1929. The first lookout was a one-story log cabin, which is still on the site. The current lookout was built in 1963 and is available for rent for up to four people.
Garver Creek is located near the lookout and offers opportunities for trout fishing. Day hiking is another popular pastime in the area around the lookout. The Lookout is situatied along the Pacific Northwest National Scenic trail, and through hikers may visit you in the lookout.
The current lookout is 144 square feet and 40 feet tall. The lookout is equipped with two twin beds with 4 mattresses, a wood stove, table, chairs, shovel bucket and cleaning gear. Due to vandalism, however, these items are not guaranteed. The lookout tower is a short but steep hike from the end of the road parking. The lookout is not wired for electricity and water sources are limited. There is a pit toilet located outside. Although there are a few amenities provided, guests will need to bring their own supplies such as drinking water, sleeping bags, pillows, toilet paper, matches, food and cooking utensils, to ensure a comfortable stay.
The Yaak area is home to grizzly bears, wolves, elk, deer and a variety of smaller mammals and birds. The Yaak River and its many tributaries provide habitat for cutthroat, rainbow, brook and bull trout. There are also several lakes scattered at varying elevations for hikers and fisherman to enjoy.
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Garver Mtn Lookout is remote, stunning, and the views go on forever. This is the kind of lookout rental where you can stay for days and not run into another human. (Grizzlies and moose may be a different story though). This look out is adjacent to the original USFS structure, so you get 2 amazing buildings for one. :) The hike in is STEEP, but only 0.25 miles and absolutely worth the sweat. There are extensive trail trail systems all along the ridge line, so plan on spending a few days and exploring the area.