The Shorty Peak Lookout location is in Bonners Ferry, Idaho
83805. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.
If you have any questions about the Shorty Peak Lookout facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.
6286 Main Street
Campground information Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Shorty Peak Lookout, 45 miles northwest of Bonners Ferry, sits atop Shorty Peak with views of the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges of Northern Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia. The rustic dwelling was once used to patrol forest fires, and is now a unique way for overnight guests to escape the city and become enthralled with 360 degree views of area’s magnificence.
Access requires a moderate to steep 2.5 mile hike with a 1,300 foot elevation gain. The lookout was refurbished in 2005 and is in excellent condition.
The 2.5 mile hike up to Shorty Peak is part of the fun of staying at the cabin. The trail is also open to horseback riding. While here, landscape photography and wildlife viewing are popular pastimes.
Birding is particularly popular and guests may have the chance to look down on some birds of prey. Look for red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, and goshawks soaring over the valleys.
Clear nights offer prime stargazing opportunities.
The 15′ X 15′ cabin sits atop a 5 foot foundation and can accommodate two overnight guests. The look of the interior is modern with hardwood floors. Two twin beds with pads, two chairs, two tables, a historic fire finder, and a district map are included inside the cabin. A pit toilet is within 100 yards of the lookout.
No drinking water or electricity is available. Guests are asked to bring plenty of water, food, bedding, a first aid kit and all other basic camp gear.
Horses are allowed, but no corrals or hitching racks are available. Hobbles are recommended for horses.
Shorty Peak lookout is located in the Lower Kootenai River Area (Bonners Ferry District) of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The land is bordered by the Purcell and Cabinet Ranges and the Montana Line on the east, the rugged Selkirk Range on the west, and the Canadian border to the north.
The 360-degree unobstructed vista from Shorty Peak Lookout is exceptional, with views of Kootenai Valley, U.S. and Canadian Selkirks, Smith Creek and Cow Creek drainage areas, Red Top Mountain, and the higher Lone Tree Peak a mile to the west.
Elk, deer and black bears are among the wildlife in the area. This is bear country, both grizzly and black. The Forest Service recommends that you be able to distinguish between them. Please be aware of and practice bear safety while camping in this area.
The nearest location for a convenience store is the Canadian border. A more cost effective location for groceries and gear is in Bonners Ferry, about 50 miles from the lookout.
Frequently Asked Questions About 6286 Main Street Bonners Ferry, ID
How do I make a reservation with Shorty Peak Lookout?
To make reservations at Shorty Peak Lookout, you can call the office at 208-267-5561.
Where is Shorty Peak Lookout located?
The Shorty Peak Lookout is located at 6286 Main Street in Bonners Ferry,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.
Does Shorty Peak Lookout have tent or RV camping?
Shorty Peak Lookout offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 208-267-5561 to make sure things haven’t changed.