By Jim Harmon/Missoula Current
A Missoula Current reader recently asked, “Has there ever been a story about the Blue Mountain Trailhead south of Missoula? We hike there a lot and know that it was part of a ranch and then the Army? Used it for a range?”
It was located right in my backyard – where I grew up – yet, I'd neither heard of it nor the story associated with it. Following the devastating forest fires of 1910 (the "Big Burn"), mountaintop lookouts were established as an early warning system. One of them, in the Kootenai National Forest (my backyard, as I grew up in Libby), acquired a rather infamous name in the 1960s: Sex Peak Lookout.