Montana Outdoors

July 29, 2010

Mt Headley (4)

Mt Headley was the site of one of Montana’s 639 lookout towers that were built after the huge fire of 1910 that burned three million acres of forest in Washington, Idaho and Montana and which killed 87 people including 78 firefighters. The lookout cabin, built in 1928, was located just behind this sign at the very peak and there is still some debris from it remaining just below the sign. It was a cupola design cabin somewhat similar to the one that still stands on Priscilla Peak.

Signage at the site of the old lookout

Now, views from the top.

View from the top of Mt Headley

View from the top of Mt Headley

View from the top of Mt Headley

View from the top of Mt Headley

View from the top of Mt Headley

View from the top of Mt Headley

View from the top of Mt Headley



  1. I wonder how many miles you can see from where you took those pictures. Phenomenal views….


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — July 29, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

    • The air was a little hazy that day, and of course, visibility will be limited by taller mountains at the horizon, but in some directions I would guess you could see nearly a hundred miles. In this part of the Cabinet Mountain range, the taller peaks are around 7,400 feet and I can recognize many of them at fairly good distances. Each at one time was a lookout location.


      Comment by montucky — July 29, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

  2. Great photos. I love most of all from top the fourth one.

    In Your answer to previous comment, I am ashotonished how far You can see! That is so much. Incredible.


    Comment by sartenada — July 30, 2010 @ 12:13 am

    • From many of the taller mountains in this area there are views in all directions. Sitting on top of one with a National Forest map gives a person a chance to really understand the geography of the area.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2010 @ 8:15 am

  3. Absolutely beautiful country you live in, Terry! 🙂


    Comment by Barbara — July 30, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    • It is, Barbara. I’m glad that some of it is still relatively undisturbed and hope we can keep it that way for future generations.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

  4. Breathtaking views, Terry.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 30, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    • These are from one end of Sundance Ridge. I’m anxious now to travel down the whole thing.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

  5. Looks like great hiking and looking country.


    Comment by Daveabirding — July 30, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    • It is that, Dave. I guess I will always think that the best way to see it is on foot.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  6. See a hundred miles? Wow. Awesome country.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — July 30, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

    • I started loving the wild country when I was just a child, Bo. I love it even more now.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

  7. Beautiful and heady seeing for miles and miles across the rugged terrain.


    Comment by Anna — July 31, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    • For me, the best part is that much of that rugged country is roadless area and the home to all of the natural plants and animals with very little intervention by mankind. It’s also a vital part of our watershed.


      Comment by montucky — July 31, 2010 @ 9:04 am

  8. You have some thrillingly beautiful shots there! I would love to have hiked that trail! Maybe I will sometime.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 31, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

    • I hope you will get the chance to see it for yourself. If so, please contact me and I will be your guide!


      Comment by montucky — July 31, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

  9. 100 miles, unreal! How many of those lookout towers do you think remain? And are any in service?


    Comment by Candace — August 1, 2010 @ 9:40 am

    • About a hundred of the towers or cabins remain, and up to 40 perhaps are still used. This summer I’ve visited one near here twice. The man who mans it is very nice and he has been on it the last 10 summers. I can see the peak from my house, although it’s about a mile higher than here.


      Comment by montucky — August 1, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

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