Saddle Mountain Fire Lookout

Point Of Interest

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Regional District of Central Kootenay, British Columbia


The Saddle Lookout trail begins well below tree line. The first part climbs steadily upward through a stately stand of cedar, hemlock and spruce. You will come to a heliport clearing at 1.1 km. Look around for the 'H' carved in a tree stump. At about 3.5 km you will pass an old log cabin in the sub-alpine forest. From here on be alert for wildlife. Bear diggings are seen in the open meadows, pikas call and deer frequent these trails. You now see the Lookout up above, perched on a rock cliff. The trail passes across the scree slopes underneath this cliff, on the same side of the mountain you have been hiking up. Do not go around the back. If snow is across the trail, look for cairns marking the route. On the ridge, follow a well defined path up through the rocks and along a ledge. This last bit of the trail is precipitous, but short. The view makes it all worth while. From the lookout, Upper Arrow Lake, Nakusp, Lower Arrow Lake, Mosquito Lake and Whatshan Lake lie at the bottom of a sea of mountains that seem to go on forever. Look closely at the rock slabs you are standing on. The history of Saddle Mountain Lookout is at your feet. High clearance car 2 wheel drive required.

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Lat: 50.155485 Lng: -117.895124

User Reviews



This is an absolute gem. Steep forest trail takes you to a rocky outcrop on which a beautiful fire lookout stands. Better yet, you can spend a night or more in it as ot is just a historical lookout, not used anymore. Seeing the storms around you and the amazing sunsets and sunrises is a must. Take all the water you can get and a good book.


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