Lewis and Clark National Forest, MT
About Monument Peak Lookout
Monument Peak Lookout offers guests an impressive yet rustic room with a view. The lookout, built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is perched atop Monument Peak, boasting spectacular 360 degree views of the Little Belt Mountains. The lookout was once used to spot forest fires but was left unused since the 1970s. In 1999, the lookout was removed from its 50 foot pole, restored and placed on a short, solid foundation for public rental use. In winter, access is by snowmobiles, cross country skis or snowshoes only. In summer, a high clearance vehicle is recommended, as the 4 miles of road leading up to the cabin are rough. Natural Features: The lookout sits at 7,395 feet in elevation, offering views of Monument Ridge and Strawberry Ridge. The surrounding region is a dense coniferous forest with fir, spruce and pine trees. Lewis and Clark National Forest has many miles of streams and fishing opportunities. Native wildlife includes black bears, white-tailed deer, bald eagles, mountain lions and other species. Recreation: Small and big game hunting is popular in the area. Hiking and wildlife viewing are also enjoyed. Winter activities include cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Facilities: The rustic lookout has two beds with mattresses, two propane lanterns, a table and chairs and a propane cooking stove. Pots, pans, dishes and utensils are included. A vault toilet is about 100 feet from the structure. No water, electricity or plumbing is available. Recommended items to bring include drinking water, bedding, flashlights, food, small propane canisters, firewood, matches and a cooler. Click here) for more cabin details. ACTIVITIES Biking: Mountain Biking Hunting Winter Sports: Cross Country Skiing Wildlife Viewing: Photography
USDA Forest Service
Monument Peak Lookout is located in Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana
From Great Falls, go east on U.S. Highway 87/89 about 22 miles (just past Belt) and turn right (south) at the rest area onto U.S. Highway 89 (heading toward Monarch and Neihart). Go about 9.5 miles and turn right on County Road 340. Drive 8 miles to the junction with Road 349 and turn left (south), then drive 4.3 miles to Forest Road 839 and turn right (south). Go 8.5 miles and turn right on Road 268. Drive 3.5 miles to the lookout. Snowmobiles, cross-country skis or snowshoes are required for access during most of the winter.
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