OverviewHaskill Mountain happens to be one of those mountains that you drive by for years enroute to other destinations, each time, it captures your attention for a few brief moments as you drive west on Highway 2, from Kalispell, Montana, to wherever you're going.
A heavily forested hulk of a mountain, Haskill stands guard over the western entrance into Northwest Montana's Flathead Valley. At 6290' Haskill is the 17th highest peak in the Salish Mountains. Like many peaks in the Salish Mountains, Haskill has it's share of forest service/logging roads which make access extremely easy.
Haskill Mountain, in days of old, sported a fire lookout at it's summit. In 1927, a 25' pole tower stood there, and in 1961 a 10' wooden tower, both have been gone since 1997.
This is a straightforward forest service road hike up the mountain to the summit. Haskill Mountain Road goes to within a quarter mile of the summit as it switches back and forth, mainly along the east and south sides of the mountain. There are many pull-outs along the way so you can make this hike extremely long and difficult (as far as stamina) or extremely easy, or somewhere in-between, which is what we chose. Our pull-out was approximately 4.3 miles from the intersection of Browns Meadow Road and Haskill Mountain Road (#2984). Haskill's broad summit is pictured below.
|Terrain||One-Way Mileage||Elevation Gain|
|FS Road #2984||4.53||1474'|
Camping and RedTapeHaskill Mountain is located in the Flathead National Forest which is bear country. Don't hike alone, make noise as you hike, and carry bear spray and know how to use it. We saw no bear sign on Haskill Mountain (possibly due to the hundreds of spent bullet casings and shotgun shells), but the Salish Mountains are chock full of healthy-sized black bears and the occasional grizzly.
There is no water available on this hike. A map of the Flathead National Forest and, ironically, the Swan Lake Ranger District, as Haskill and Blacktail Mountains are located in the Island Unit of the Swan Lake Ranger District, are helpful in negotiating the many Forest Service Roads. Bug repellent is an absolute necessity in Montana in June, July and August. No ticks were seen on this hike.
The closest campground is Little McGregor Lake Campground, located several miles to the west.