2022 EVENTS

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Hornet Lookout, beloved historic lookout and cabin rental, turns 100 years old!

Come celebrate this notable milestone with Flathead National Forest, Northwest Montana Lookout Association, and The Glacier Institute.

Join us for a Forest Service lookout history fair and Hornet Lookout tour.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Big Creek Outdoor Education Center, 10am to 2pm MDT

🌲 Meet and chat with a current Fire Lookout – learn what it’s like to live and work in a lookout.

🌲 See and experience a lookout’s tools of the trade – pull on a crosscut saw, meet a pack mule, and watch a packing demo.

🌲 Take home a limited edition poster of the iconic Hornet Lookout, created by local artist Pete Thompson.

🌲 Celebrate our lookout legacy with a visit by Smokey Bear!

🌲 Take a step back in time to learn about Hornet’s rich early history with a guided tour of the historic lookout. Tour leaves in the morning from Big Creek with a bus ride (1.5 hours) and short hike (1 mile).

Watch for more details to come and how to sign up for the tour!

📷 Hornet Lookout in 1923 and the present-day structure

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Join the Northwest Montana Lookout Association at the Cabinet Mountain Brewery to support a fundraising campaign for the restoration of fire lookouts located on the Kootenai National Forest.  The event will be held on March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. through theCabinet Mountain Brewing Company’s Brews for Benefits Program. As part of this program, CMBC pledges to donate $1 of every beer sold between 6-8pm to Northwest Montana Lookout Association. The history of fire lookouts on the Kootenai dates back to 1910 when the first lookout platform and cabin were built on Star (Squaw) Peak; the cabin still stands today.  This summer, restoration and assessment work will focus on Northwest Peak, Meadow Peak, Mount Wam, McGuire Mountain, Big Creek Baldy, and Robinson Peak lookouts.  The NMLA works closely with the four Kootenai National Forest Ranger Districts to bring life back to these iconic structures.

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