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About the Campground

Due to damages sustained by heavy snow throughout the winter, Arid Peak Lookout will be closed for the 2008 season. It should reopen in 2009, although there is a possibility it may not. 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.

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beds & Foam Pads
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Catwalk
  • Dishes & Tableware
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Hiking/Biking Trail
  • Photography
  • Pots & Pans
  • Scenery
  • Table & Chairs
Within 10 Miles
  • Water Drinking
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trails, Bicycle


Peak Season
Jun 18 2010 -
Sep 30 2010

Alerts and Important Information WATER: There is NO POTABLE WATER at the site. There is a spring approximately 1/2 mile down a STEEP trail below the lookout where you can obtain water. Treat the spring water by boiling at least one minute before drinking, by filtering or use treatment tablets. It is recommended that you do not bring food that requires lots of water to cook as the hike to the spring is arduous. FOOD ITEMS: Care should be used in food storage, as mice and other rodents may be present. Please seal food in a rodent-proof container overnight (food box provided) and pack all garbage and food out when you leave. PETS: Pets are NOT allowed in the lookout. WASTE WATER: Wash water should be strained and all food particles packed out with other trash. Strained water should be poured in a shallow hole, dug away from the lookout. Fill in the hole, compact and cover with pine needles or duff before leaving. SMOKING: Smoking is NOT allowed in the lookout. TRASH: Please pack out all trash. CLEANUP: Please pack out all trash and leftover food. You are responsible for cleaning the lookout and the outhouse before departure. Provide your own toilet paper and please leave the outhouse clean. Please call the district office at 208-245-4517 4 days prior to your arrival to confirm your combination. Cabin can only be reserved up to 180 days in advance.

Campground Contact Information

Open From: Jun 18 2010 to Dec 14 2010
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Arid Peak Lookout
Campground Phone: 208-245-4517
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777

Saint Maries, ID

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More About Arid Peak Lookout Campground

Arid Peak Lookout is a campground located in Saint Maries, Idaho. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

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