Looking Glass Traditional Geocache
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This lookout and mountain used to be called Looking Glass, but was renamed Gisborne in honor of Harry T. Gisborne, who conducted fire research on the surrounding Priest River Experimental Forest (a part of the Kaniksu National Forest). The first lookout was built in 1932, with the present 41’ wooden tower with 15x15’ live-in flattop cab and catwalk being constructed in 1958. For ten of the past 14 seasons, the lookout has been staffed under a volunteer program. It is at an elevation of 5550’, and has a great view of Priest Lake, and views of Sundance lookout, Chimney Rock, the Priest River & Pend Oreille drainages & the surrounding mountain ranges. You will have to park at the gate and walk ½ mile up the road to the lookout. Be prepared for the usual rough mountain roads, par for the course around here.
This is bear country and has freezing temperatures in the winter, so please remember, no food, liquids or odorous items in the cache (ie. food, candy, water, hand sanitizer, cigars, candles, potpourri, etc.).
DIRECTIONS: From Priest River turn up Hwy 57. Go APPROX 3 miles and take a right onto the Peninsula Road (goes across a small bridge right after the turn, and up a hill). The pavement will end and turn to gravel by the Green Owl Tavern & McAbee Falls. Don’t forget to grab the cache at McAbee Falls! Keep going until the Experimental Forest. Take a right at the Experimental Forest, and take Rd #597-A for about a mile and then Rd #597-B for another 8 miles. There are signs at the turnoffs right now marking the turns to Gisborne LO. Bring water, a camera, binoculars & maybe bug spray. If you go up into the lookout for a visit, be sure to sign the visitor’s log!
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