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Cook Mountain is the answer for Week 500 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Mistakenly named

Tuesday: Can be reached by a single-track trail

Wednesday: A 360 degree view

Thursday: A relatively flat top

Friday: Had a fire lookout

Saturday: Over 6,500 feet in elevation

Monday: A man named Hughes

Tuesday: He was cooking for a camp near Junction Mountain

Wednesday: Hughes became ill and died.

According to Idaho Place Names; A Geographical Dictionary, a man named Huges was cooking for a camp near Junction Mountain. He became ill and died. George Engelthorn, an employee of the Clearwater National Forest, thought Hughes was buried at what is now Cook Mountain and so he named it that. However, Hughes was buried at Junction Mountain.

Cook Mountain is more than 6,500 feet in elevation and has a relatively flat top that in some spots has a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. It used to be the location of a wildfire lookout tower. There were two tree stand lookouts before an L-4 cabin was built in 1941. It was abandoned in 1963. It is located 25 miles east northeast of Pierce, according to

It can be reached over trails that are popular for hiking and mountain biking.

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