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ARID PEAK LOOKOUT (ID)



Created: 2010/09/22 04:51 AM        Last Updated: 2010/09/22 04:51 AM


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Camp Details Camp Name: ARID PEAK LOOKOUT (ID)
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Location: 23 miles south of Wallace, ID or 16 miles north of Avery.

Attractions: This 20 foot tower overlooks the beautiful Loop Creek area and the scenic route of the Hiawatha bicycle trail. It is on the National Historic Register of Fire Lookouts.

Capacity: 4 maximum Availability: June 20 to September 30 (maximum of 5 nights) Altitude: 5306'

Remarks: Requires a moderately steep 3 mile hike. Furnishings include two cots with mattresses, basic cooking gear, dishes, propane lantern, propane campstove (bring your own 16.4 oz propane canisters), water containers, table with two chairs, replica fire finder and a wood stove. There is an outhouse near the lookout. (Lookout not recommended for small children because of the steep steps and height of the lookout).

History: Arid Peak Lookout was built in 1934 to provide early detection of fires potentially sparked by the Milwaukee Railroad line. It was last staffed in 1969 and sat idle for over 25 years. With a partnership of over 30 volunteers, the Forest Fire Lookout Association and the U.S. Forest Service, Arid Peak Lookout was restored to it's original splendor in 1996 and 1997. It is now available to the public as a recreation rental.



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Latitude:47.2576100
Longitude:-115.8162000

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From the town of Avery turn left and head north up the North Fork of the St. Joe River Road No. 456 toward Wallace. Travel approximately 4.5 miles; then turn left down the hill just before the bridge across the river. You will then be on Road No. 1997 which is a single lane gravel road with pull outs. Travel approximately 3 1/2 miles and turn left on the first road (also labeled Road No. 1997). Travel approximately 6.5 miles to Trailhead No. 175. There is a turn-around just past the trailhead before the gate. Do not block the turnaround or the gate. You can park in the wide spot by the trailhead. Hike up Trail No. 175 approximately 1.5 miles to its junction with Trail No. 173. Turn right and hike approximately 1.5 miles on Trail No. 173 to Arid Peak.


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34 HOYT DRIVE HC BOX 1 AVERY ID USA

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