Huckleberry Mountain and Lookout
Huckleberry Mountain and Lookout is located in the Northern Apgar Mountains on the west side of the Lake McDonald area of Glacier National Park. This is a staffed lookout.
The Huckleberry Lookout was first developed in 1924 with a 10' pole platform and log cabin living quarters. They burned in a 1929 forest fire and were replaced in 1931 with a 2-story NPS frame cabin.
The 1931 lookout burned in a 1967 forest fire, replaced by the present 2-story NPS frame cabin in 1968. If one believes that a 6,600' mountain can not provide outstanding views...one need only to hike to the Huckleberry Lookout to be persuaded otherwise. Sweeping vistas in almost every direction greet you at the Lookout!
What is a huckleberry? A small round fruit of a dark blue or red color. The fruit is somewhat smaller than the blueberry which it resembles in look and taste. The fruit grows in small clumps on a bush that typically ranges in height between three and ten feet.
The trail starts out in dense forest and remains level for about the first half-mile. There is a stream crossing very early in the trail. The trail then begins to climb along the southern side of the mountain. The grade is actually very gentle throughout most of the hike. The steepest part of the hike is cresting the ridge just before reaching the Lookout.
Eventually, the trees begin to thin out and you begin to get views across the McGee Creek drainage.
A little more than 4 miles into the hike you cross over the ridgeline and the views to the North and the West begin to open up. The trail then wraps around the north side of the mountains until you reach the final ridge to hike up to the Lookout.
This is a 12 mile round trip and an elevation gain of approximately 2725'....so even though the grade is not difficult...there is some sweat equity involved!
The Huckleberry Lookout Trail is located approximately 6 miles up the Camas Road from Apgar Village on the left side of the road. It can also be accessed via the Camas Creek Entrance Station off the North Fork Road.
The Huckleberry Lookout Trail is located in Glacier National Park so all of those rules and regulations apply. I can not stress enough to...1. Bring your bear spray and make loud noises at regular intervals along the trail as you hike...and 2. Bring your insect repellent!!
Camping and WeatherThe closest campground is at Fish Creek on the west side of Lake McDonald.
For other Glacier Campground information see Camping @ Glacier.
Make sure you check out the Glacier Park Weather and always have extra protection if the weather changes.