Started as a camp lookout with a 15' pole platform tower, Gem Peak remained the only one of the Noxon Ranger District's regular lookouts without permanent living quarters until 1939 when a 20' pole tower with L-4 cab was built. In 1964, the present 30' treated timber tower with R-6 flat cab was constructed. Staffed into the 1970's, it is now on the Recreation Rental program, and is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register.
Kootenai National Forest
8 miles southwest of Noxon
Sanders County, Montana
Elevation 6092'

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Gem Peak in 1921 Gem Peak in 1960 Gem Peak in 1970
Photos courtesy the Fire Lookout Museum and Gary Weber