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Lydia Mountain

Lydia Mountain

Lydia Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.69861°N / 115.14083°W

Object Title: Lydia Mountain

County: Lincoln

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 6703 ft / 2043 m


Page By: rebelgrizz

Created/Edited: Aug 25, 2011 / Aug 25, 2011

Object ID: 740824

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Lydia Mountain 6703' is located on the extreme northeastern end of a long boomerang-shaped ridge in NW Montana's Salish Mountains. Also located on the same ridge, are Sutton Mountain, at 6872', the second highest summit in the Salish, Little Sutton Mountain, and last, but certainly not least, McGuire Mountain, at 6991', the highest summit in the Salish Mountains. McGuire also sports a lookout that can be rented.

In the year 2000, the Lydia Mountain fire burned approximately 5200 acres including the summit area of the mountain.

Getting There

Sutton Mountain
Beginning of trail #800
McGuire Mountain and Lookout
Parking area
Drive 35.6 miles north on Hwy 93 from downtown Whitefish. Turn left at the "Trego" sign just past Dickey Lake. Drive 2.9 miles through "downtown Trego" and then turn left on #36 (Fortine Creek Rd). Drive 3.28 miles to Edna Creek Road (#433) and turn right. This road is paved for the first 8 miles...after driving 16.5 miles there is an intersection with FS Road #1900...turn left here. After 1.3 miles on #1900 there is another intersection. Go straight here and the road changes to FS Road #494...stay on this road for 4.1 miles until you arrive at the saddle between Sutton Mountain and Little Sutton Mountain and park. The last 1.2 miles of this road up to the saddle is very rocky...proceed with caution...and you should have good tires.

Route Information

This route follows Trail #800 for 99% of the way. The trail passes just to the west of the summit of Lydia but walking to the summit only amounts to a few feet off of the trail.

There is some gain and loss along the trail to Lydia. From the Trailhead to the highest point of the trail along the flank of Sutton Mountain there is a gain a of about 285'. From that high point to the lowest point of the ridge between Sutton and Lydia there is a loss of about 330'. From that low point on the ridge to the summit of Lydia there is a gain of about 373'.

About the only signs of life we encountered along the hot, dry trail were some grouse...pictured below.

The summit area, pictured below, was surrounded by dead trees, blooming beargrass and wildflowers...seen in Parting Shots.

TerrainOne-Way MileageElevation Gain
Trail #8002.76658'


Camping and RedTape

Lydia Mountain is located in the Kootenai 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. Although we saw no bear sign specifically on Lydia Mountain, the Salish Mountains are chock-full of healthy-sized black bears and the occasional grizzly.

Bear Stuff

A map of the Kootenai National Forest is helpful. Bug repellent is an absolute necessity in Montana in June, July and August. There is no water available on this hike.

The closest official campground is at McGuire Mountain Lookout.

Trip Options

As mentioned earlier, Lydia is one of four named summits on a long boomerang-shaped ridge. On a long summer day it would be very possible to summit all four of these McGuire, Little Sutton, Sutton and Lydia. You also might be able to throw in Pinkham located just to the SE, for good measure.

Parting Shots


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