|Kennaday Peak from Road 215
Kennaday Peak, formerly called Bald Mountain or
Old Baldy, was named after an early homesteader
and forest ranger, Jack Kennaday.
late summer 2002
Kennaday Peak is on the Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District of the Medicine Bow-
Routt National Forests. It is the site of a manned fire lookout, the last fully functional
lookout on the district. From Kennaday Peak there is a breathtaking 360-degree view
of the surrounding mountains, including Medicine Bow Peak in the Snowy Range, and the
vast Platte River Valley. The fire lookout welcomes visitors and has a photo display of
other fire lookouts and firefighter gear.
The first fire lookout on Kennaday Peak was built by the CCC in the 1930's and it was
one of six in the area. In 1964 the present 15â€™x 15â€™ R-6 flattop with catwalk was
built on a 10â€™ concrete block base.
I drove up to Kennaday Peak on a beautiful late summer day back in 2002. Hope you
enjoy these photos that I dug out of my files and scanned in (these were my pre-digital
|To get to Kennaday Peak take Hwy 130 east of Saratoga, Forest
Road 100 about 10 miles north, then Forest Road 215. The last few
miles are rough so a high-clearance vehicle is recommended!