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Holland Lookout

Holland Lookout

Holland Lookout

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 47.46811°N / 113.56207°W

Object Title: Holland Lookout

County: Missoula

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 8053 ft / 2455 m


Page By: rebelgrizz

Created/Edited: Aug 6, 2012 / Aug 6, 2012

Object ID: 804589

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I like hiking to lookouts, because the views are usually outstanding, otherwise, there wouldn't be a lookout there to begin with. Holland is certainly no exception to that rule, in fact, and has probably some of the best, if not the best, overall views from any lookout we've ever been to. But, you have to WORK for these views.

As you switchback up the west side of the mountain you begin to earn peek-a-boo views of the Mission Range, which I had erroneously assumed would allow the best views from the summit. Reaching a low saddle, just below the lookout, the first views to the east, of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, wallop you upside your head!! Reeling from those views, if you're able to stagger upward the remaining few feet to the highpoint just above the lookout, you'll be visually slammed by the smorgasbord of peaks to the north and south along the Swan Range. This really is a special place!

Established with a camp in 1921, this 14x14' stone & shake cabin, built in 1931, was abandoned in 1953 and is still there. Surprisingly, the roof still seemed to be in pretty good shape.

Getting There

From downtown Whitefish drive south on Hwy 93 for 16 miles to downtown Kalispell. Continue through Kalispell on Hwy 93 south for an additional 8.43 miles to Hwy 82. Turn left or east and drive for 6.87 miles to Hwy 35. Turn right on Hwy 35 and drive south for .4 miles to Hwy 83. Turn left on Hwy 83 and drive south for 86.4 miles to the Holland Lake Road. Turn left and drive 3.9 miles to the large day-use parking area on the north side of the lake.

Route Information

Holland Lookout
Holland Lookout
First junction

Several trails with several junctions take you the 4000' feet required to reach the lookout area. Long, long, switchbacks keep the trails from ever being overly steep, but, in my humble opinion, do add unnecessary mileage to the route.

Holland Lookout
Holland Lookout

Beautiful wildflowers adorned the trail in many places.


The dry drainage in the center of the photo above allows easy access to the ridge to the left. This shaves at least 3 miles off the round trip mileage. The trail itself eventually crosses it also. The report from The Levitator who took this route....STEEP AND LOOSE.

TerrainOne-Way MileageElevation Gain
Trail #4151.46522'
Trail #423.532609'
Trail #42-A1.31870'

The Lookout

Summit Views

Camping and RedTape

The Holland Lookout 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 didn't see any bear sign on Holland Lookout, but the Swans are chock full of healthy-sized black bears and grizzlies.

Bear Stuff

There is no water available on this hike. A map of the Flathead National Forest and 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 Holland Lake Campground.

Parting Shot