Chateau Rock Lookout Site
US 1101, ID 10

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1101, ID 10 (view other lookout sites in United States, Idaho)
Date Registered July 22, 2011
Nominated by Rod Fosback
Location Clearwater National Forest
Clearwater County, Idaho
Coordinates N 46° 40.728' W 115° 30.140' (view using Google Maps)
N 46° 40' 44" W 115° 30' 08"
N 46.678800° W 115.502333°
Elevation 5,670 ft (1,728 m)
Administered by U.S.Forest Service


Built in 1931, this L-4 cabin with catwalk on concrete footings has been in ruins since 1961. Sculpted by glaciers 2 million years ago, Chateau Rock is a series of granite boulders stacked upon each other nearly 200 feet high, beginning with a colossal boulder at its base. Access to the lookout was to scramble over the rock until reaching a series of ladders for the last 80 feet. Notable visitors included a sow bear with cub, which a packer had to chase out of the cab with the help of his old trusty 22 and the notorious Ridgerunner of local fame.


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