Three Fingers Trip Planning

Important information for traveling to Three Fingers Lookout


As of Febuary 2024, Road FS 41 is closed and impassible four miles from the Mountain Loop Hwy. There is no place to park at the closure.

Trail and lookout crew schedule has completed for 2023

    October 2023 - Snow and ice have returned to the high country. Expect ladders and area surrounding the lookout to be covered snow and ice. Conditions can change rapidly and anyone wishing to visit Three Fingers should travel with care and appropriate gear (shelter, extra layers, stove/fuel, traction, ice axe, communication device, etc). Keep shutters closed during inclement weather. You may be the last party up for the year, please ensure the lookout is secured for winter. 

    This hike is very difficult and strenuous, and the last half mile of the trail requires mountain climbing equipment and expertise. You must traverse a short, steep section of the Three Fingers snow Glacier, make a rocky scramble and ascend steep ladders to the lookout on the south peak of Three Fingers. Mountain. As there is considerable exposure, those using the cabin and ladder must determine if the climb to the lookout is safe.

    Meadow Mt trail has been brushed and flagged from FS 41 to Meadow Mt summit. There is a huge log that has rerouted the trail above Saddle lake. Look for a rough trail that goes straight up/down to the next switchback. We plan on flagging this soon.

    The last snow field before the lookout is very icy. It is highly recommended to bring traction.

    Maximum occupancy of lookout is 8, First come, first served. As shown in the picture above, space is very limited. Be prepared to camp below the lookout. You may be turned around by occupants. Use Rocky Talkie/Motorola FRS channel 1 to communicate with lookout from Goat Flats. If you are at the lookout, please reciprocate by monitoring channel 1.

    Due to social media, visitation to the lookout is now extremely high, even on weekdays.

    Human waste is an increasing problem at the lookout. Hiding poop and paper under rocks or snow quickly become exposed. Use the toilet at Goat Flat or pack out solid waste and toilet paper. Please do not dispose of blue bags at the Goat Flat toilet.

    Approach road, trails, and lookout maintenance are a joint activity between The Mountaineers LOTM committee and the Friends of Three Fingers.

    Report damage to lookout or missing equipment to and

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    If you are interested in a tax-deductible donation, FOTF has a relationship with the Forest Fire Lookout Association (a 501(c)3 organization) which provides this avenue.  Write the check to Forest Fire Lookout Association, but note that it is intended for Friends of Three Fingers Lookout.  Send it to:  Forest Fire Lookout Association, 2590 W. Versailles Drive, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815-8127.

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