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PostMon Nov 19, 2018 8:05 pm 
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Out peak bagging today in the slash lands of north Idaho I came across this on the summit of Sunset Mtn near Clarkia. It's about 75' off the ground and still has the old phone wire dangling from the remains of the platform. I've never seen one in the flesh and it probably won't be standing much longer as this old tree gave up the ghost long ago.

A bit of research shows that a site was here in 1919.

http://www.firelookout.com/id/sunsetmtn273.html



A crow's nest lookout atop this tree.
A crow's nest lookout atop this tree.
Crow's nest platform base.
Crow's nest platform base.
Telephone cable dangling from platform above.
Telephone cable dangling from platform above.
A crow's nest style lookout was essentially a simple platform built near a tree top that lookouts would climb for a better view of the area.
A crow's nest style lookout was essentially a simple platform built near a tree top that lookouts would climb for a better view of the area.
The crow's nest is about 75' off the ground. A camp was here in 1919 and later abandoned.
The crow's nest is about 75' off the ground. A camp was here in 1919 and later abandoned.
One of the steps to the crow's nest lookout on Sunset Mtn.
One of the steps to the crow's nest lookout on Sunset Mtn.
Sunset Mtn from Rd 377 which is also known as Palouse Divide Rd.
Sunset Mtn from Rd 377 which is also known as Palouse Divide Rd.

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PostTue Nov 20, 2018 1:43 pm 
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Very cool!! up.gif  up.gif  Not too many of the old crows nests left....thanks for posting! cool.gif

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PostTue Nov 20, 2018 8:16 pm 
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Truly a find.
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PostWed Nov 21, 2018 12:46 pm 
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Very cool find. There were't many trees that tall left after the 1910 Great Burn around that area.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5123247.pdf

I am amazed at the number of relics and remnants of former mining and other human activity remaining in that region. I run into stuff all the time while wandering.

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PostWed Nov 21, 2018 3:28 pm 
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It must have been scary going up there. And I bet it swung a lot in the breeze. Thanks for the photos!
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PostWed Nov 21, 2018 8:10 pm 
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Nice discovery. I'd like to see more of what you've been up to.

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PostThu Nov 22, 2018 6:15 am 
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For people who like lookouts and former lookout sites,

http://www.firelookout.com/id.html

This article states that of about 1,000 historic sites in Idaho, some 150 are still standing.

http://idahoptv.org/outdoors/shows/eyesoftheforest/fflassociation.cfm

An interesting story on Crystal Peak, near Fernwood. The rental lookout is not located on the actual summit and was moved there from another site near Chewelah, Wa to a private parcel on the lower slopes of the mountain. Crystal Peak is, however, the site of a former lookout until the mid-90's. Not sure if paying 200 bucks a night to stay there is on my bucket list though.

https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/fire-lookout-in-north-idaho-transformed-into-airbnb/277-591946776

Airbnb listing:

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25687274

puzzlr, check out my flickr site.

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