Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Original tower built: 1925
Original structure type: 16'x10' or 16'x20' (depending on the source)
Current tower built: 1940
Current structure type: 14’x14’ Rocky Mountain cab
with catwalk on a one-story stone base
Squaw Mountain Lookout was put on the National Historic Lookout Register in 2003. It underwent a ten-year restoration project from 1993-2003 by the Colorado Forestry Assn., U.S.F.S. and FFLA. Beginning in 2006, the same group began repair and maintenance in preparation for placing the lookout on the rental system in the summer of 2013. Visit the United States National Forest web page, Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout Cabin Rental, for more information.
Squaw Mountain Work Day project is scheduled July 7,8,9, 2015 to do a little electrical work, add some exterior lights, paint the deck with some no-slip paint, seal the wood floor on the upper level, and several other minor fixes. Contact chapter director Kent Argow at FFLA.argowgmail.com if you would like to help out.
To reserve this lookout, go to http://www.recreation.gov/ and search (Clear Creek, CO) -- (Camping & Lodging) -- (Lookouts) and then choose an available date. Cost will be $80 per night, the lookout accommodates four people comfortably.
The city and county of Denver built the original lookout in 1925. The new lookout, built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) for the U.S. Forest Service, was placed higher in elevation by 50 feet, increasing the view to cover the Berthoud Pass area. It was destroyed by a windstorm on January 7, 1969 and rebuilt with a roof designed to withstand the wind and snow.
Visit the National Historic Lookout entry for Squaw Mountain.
For more information, especially with respect to radio equipment and operations, see Forest Fire Lookout Towers of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Squaw Peak Dedication to Rental System, July 2013
After the storm