Lunch Peak Lookout
Another popular Forest Service rental lookout is located above Lake Pend Oreille in Northern Idaho. It's called Lunch Peak and it's the last standing lookout with a cabin on the Sandpoint Ranger District. Mary Ann Hamilton not only runs the rental program, she's also an enthusiastic visitor.
"It's been a while since we remodeled Lunch Peak and I've never actually had the opportunity to stay in it and once we got the opportunity I almost couldn't wait to see what it would be like to stay up here. My expectations are for it to be very quiet and very dark, nothing but the sounds of nature. There is something maybe romantic about staying in a lookout overnight or seeing what you can see from up here and I think your vistas are unlimited."
"I just thought it was a shame that this was going to fall into ill repair where it was going to be condemned. So over the course of two or three years we remodeled it with AmeriCorps groups and Boy Scout groups and other volunteers. And then we put it in the rental program and it has been very successful. It's usually rented every night from Jun 15th to October and the vandalism is down to zero. It's a great accomplishment. I have a lot of personal satisfaction because there's a log book up here. You just hear the wonderful stories people have, the memories that are being made up here is what we hear over and over and over again. That is a true part of the National Forest to go out and make memories and I think coming up here is very memorable for people and something they remember for a long time."