Hardinger Firetree (Beeftree) Lookout Site
US 1169, UT 1

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1169, UT 1 (view other lookout sites in United States, Utah)
Date Registered December 8, 2011
Nominated by Kent Argow
Location Ashley National Forest
Duchesne County, Utah
Coordinates N 40° 31.757' W 110° 14.995' (view using Google Maps)
N 40° 31' 45" W 110° 14' 60"
N 40.529280° W 110.249913°
Elevation 7,843 ft (2,391 m)
Administered by U.S.Forest Service


This 90' tree, approx. 54 inches in diameter, with wood ladder 37' up the southeast side, and platform at 51', also known as "Beeftree," is located at the edge of a Ponderosa forest at the treeline where the forest meets a large meadowed area. It is a large Ponderosa pine tree, said to be the largest in the area, that was also used to string up beef for butchering by local ranchers. Numerous tall and strategically located trees were used as observation points to locate fires prior to the construction of lookout towers. Hardinger Firetree is one of the largest and best known of these trees and is located on the east edge of the old Hardinger homestead. The tower is now a derelict tree platform that has not been used in 50+ years.


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