Squaw Butte Lookout

4.5/5 (4 reviews)
Emmett, Idaho (Gem County)
Last Updated: 08/07/2022
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Highlights

Squaw Butte is a prominent feature of the Emmett Valley landscape. You can watch for quail, pheasant, and the greater sage-grouse, also known as a sagehen, while you travel through the lower elevations of this beautiful mountain with seasonal streams from the winter snows at the peak. There is a beautiful, steep-walled canyon where you gain 1100 feet in only 1.5 miles, where you might see deer, elk, and even bighorn sheep. Near the summit, there are quaking alders on either side of the more shallow canyon you are now in where black bears have been spotted. The views of the valley below are amazing from the summit and even more so if you can drive to the Lookout Tower.

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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (4 reviews)
Dennis Clark
Official Crew
19100
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

My son and I did a quick run up here to get some drone footage. This is with my Skydio2. The trail continues to be in excellent condition due to the many towers with antennas that need maintenance. I was able to get pretty close to the lookout which appears to be unmanned while the final gate remains locked.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

What an awesome trail and great views! My stock AWD Honda Passport with BFG K02 did great with traction. Thanks for sharing this trail!
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 04/02/2022

I have been driving up Squaw Butte for 20 years and this review does it justice. It's an awesome trip at different times of the year--a fall trip is very different than a hot, dusty summer trip is very different than a snow and ice trip in the winter. In fact, a lot of people get in trouble up there in the winter because they underestimate how much the snow/ice plays into the elevation factor. Just because you can make it when it's dusty doesn't mean you can make it during the snowy season. Driving to the lookout is one of my favorite ways to kill a couple of hours, go look at the land, and watch storms roll in across the Treasure Valley.
Trail Review: Squaw Butte Lookout - Nathan White
Dennis Clark
Official Crew
19100
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/18/2021

This trail is literally in my backyard! Whenever we have visitors, it requires a run-up Squaw Butte! Today was quite windy so no chance to get any drone footage at the summit. We will return and add some more photos and video.
Trail Review: Squaw Butte Lookout - Dennis Clark
Trail Review: Squaw Butte Lookout - Dennis Clark
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