The accommodations are generally cramped and primitive but some, like Castle Butte on the Lolo Trail, have propane stoves and basic pots, pans and utensils. Many have nearby outhouses.
To find a lookout tower or primitive cabin, visit the website of your favorite national forest and look for the cabin rental tab. Click here to find lookouts and cabins available on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.
Double Dare: Hike to an abandoned lookout that isn’t part of the Forest Service Rental Program and check it out. This one will take some research, but there are a number of towers still out there in various states of repair. Some might not be fit for lodging but the views will be wonderful.