Squaw Butte Lookout

Emmett, Idaho (Gem County)

Last Updated: 05/30/2021
4 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.44 miles
Highest Elevation: 5689 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Emmett
Nearest Town w/ Services: Emmett
Official Road Name: Lookout Road
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Four Rivers District


Highlight: Squaw Butte Lookout
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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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is a left turn from Butte Road onto unmarked Lookout Road. There is a cattle guard at that spot.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Emmett, Idaho

From the Black Canyon Highway, N Washington Avenue, and Van Dussen Road junction, travel north on Van Dussen Road 4.2 miles to Butte Road on your right. Travel on Butte Road 1 mile to the unmarked trailhead on your left.



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Writer Information

Dennis Clark

Mapping Crew - California and Idaho

Dennis Clark was born in Los Angeles in 1942 and after 76 years of living in So Cal he moved to Emmett, Idaho with his wife Patricia, has four adult children with many grand and great grandchildren. He has loved the outdoors since his Cub Scout and Boy Scout days while camping with the family. He's an archer, hunter and fisherman but no longer wishes to harm animals. He has been involved with photography since the 1960's. He became more of a serious hiker in 2010 when he started Geocaching and has hiked the three tallest peaks in So Cal, Mt San Jacinto, Mt San Gorgonio and Mt Baldy, along with most of the lesser peaks in search of caches. Geocaching started his love for the USFS Trail system as he used the trails frequently to get to certain trailheads. He had a 2002 Ford Ranger 2wd and its amazing where that little pickup took him. In 5 years of weekly geocaching he was only stuck once in some Palm Springs sand. His 2016 Wrangler Sport Unlimited was purchased in 2015. He has become quite lazy in the hiking department as he can now drive to most locations. He's looking forward to posting some trails and don't hesitate to ask him for any help you might need.
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