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Mount Hefty

Mount Hefty

Mount Hefty

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.99750°N / 114.5725°W

Object Title: Mount Hefty

County: Flathead

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 7578 ft / 2310 m


Page By: rebelgrizz

Created/Edited: Aug 20, 2012 / Aug 21, 2012

Object ID: 807796

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Mount Hefty is located in the remote northeastern corner of NW Montana's Whitefish Range. Bordered on the east by the semi-remote Northfork Valley, adjacent to the Northfork area of Glacier National Park, the south and west, more peaks of the United States Whitefish Range, and finally, to the north, a Canadian cornucopia of peaks in the continuation of the Whitefish Range across the international border. In fact, the international border slices across Mount Hefty just to the north of it's highest point. My point, this peak is so remote that it takes some doing just to get to the trailhead, but when you reach the summit, most will agree, the views were worth all the driving to get there.

Getting There

Mount Hefty
Mount Hefty
Hefty TH
The recommended way is as follows. From Columbia Falls drive east on Hwy 2 for 16.2 miles to the West Glacier entrance to Glacier National Park. Drive through the park for two miles approaching the Apgar area. At the first stop sign, turn left and drive up the Camas Road for 11.7 miles until it intersects the infamous Northfork Road. Turn right and drive 27.9 miles up the Northfork Road. Parts of this road are not so good, but by going through the park, you miss the absolutely worst portion of the Northfork Road. At 27.9 miles you should be turning left onto FS Road #114. Drive west on #114 for approximately 5 miles until reaching FS Road #114-A angling in from the right. Along the way you will pass the trailhead for the Thoma Lookout. Turn right and head up #114-A for an additional 3.2 miles to the trailhead. #114-A is not in good shape and I strongly recommend good all-terrain tires to deal with the rocks. This TH has limited parking so arrive early.

Some may question the need to drive through the park. It is possible to shave some mileage off the driving by taking the Northfork Road directly from Columbia Falls, but if you've ever driven this portion of the road at its worst, (i.e. washboarding) you'll know why the other way is recommended. Whether you're a local or a tourist, if you like to hike, you'll more than likely have a pass to Glacier National Park anyway, 2012 cost for an annual pass is still just $35.

Route Information

TerrainOne-Way MileageElevation Gain
Closed 114-A.74262'
Trail #181.721178'
Trail #151.571136'
Descent to saddle.22-298'
Ridge to Summit.88340'

Summit Views

Camping and RedTape

Mount Hefty 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 lots of bear sign on Mount Hefty's summit ridge and the Whitefish Range is chock full of healthy-sized black bears and the occasional grizzly.

Bear Stuff

There is water available on this hike. A map of the Flathead National Forest and the Glacier View Ranger District is 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 the Tuchuck Campground.

Parting Shots