leaving wooly mammoth @ 9 and trailhead @ 10!
easy hike up forest road(dfo's type of hike) 3-4 mi.rt. objective: to investigate remodeled fire tower for future hikes/snowshoe(available for rental). more details to come. scarlet researching easier trailhead, vs. hiking back from chief mnt. trailhead. got questions? google squaw mnt., colo.
Squaw Mountain Lookout/Cabin
Area Status: Open
Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout Cabin Rental
The Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout is now open!
The Squaw Mountain Lookout is located directly off of Colorado Highway 103 west of Bergen Park and sits at the summit of Squaw Mountain, which is an active communication tower site in Clear Creek County. In addition to being an active communication site, the Squaw Mountain area is a popular dispersed recreation use area with hiking, recreational target shooting, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and camping.
The lookout is a unique structure constructed of native granite which is situated at over 11,000 feet elevation and was built in the 1940’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The cab measures 14 feet by 14 feet and is completely lined by windows on each side and surrounded by a catwalk, all of which sit on top of a one story stone base.
Access to the site during the summer months is from Colorado Highway 103 via Forest Road 192.1 to a small parking area at the end of the road. The parking area of the lookout is accessible by car, although the access road is rocky, a high clearance vehicle is recommended for the drive. Please park in the designated "Lookout Parking" area and do not block access to the gate. From the parking area a mile hike up a steep dirt road is necessary to reach the lookout. During the winter months access is from a small parking area along Highway 103 at the junction Forest Road 192.1 and travel 2 miles to the lookout. Due to the remote location of the site and difficult access there is no water available at the lookout, nor garbage service, therefore guests are asked to pack-it-in and pack-it-out.
The lookout is available for rent year round. Visitors should be prepared for high altitude conditions. Summertime temperatures average 70 degrees but can drop as low as 30 degrees at night or during the frequent summer afternoon thunderstorms. High winds frequently occur. Winter storms can limit access to the site and visitors should be prepared to snowshoe or cross-country ski 2-3 miles to the lookout. There will be no refunds for weather conditions.
The lookout includes an electric stove, refrigerator, and heat; beds; table and chairs; dishes; and toilet, and can accommodate four people per night. Besides offering the unique experience of living in a fire lookout, Squaw Mountain will give renters panoramic views of Denver, Mount Evans and other snow-capped peaks.
For more information, questions or to comment on this recreation rental opportunity, please write Recreation Fee Program, Clear Creek Ranger District, P.O. Box 3307, Idaho Springs, CO 80452 or contact Nicole Malandri at (303)[masked],[masked].