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Mount Wam and Lookout

Mount Wam and Lookout

Mount Wam and Lookout

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.95556°N / 114.80972°W

Object Title: Mount Wam and Lookout

County: Lincoln

Activities: Hiking

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 7203 ft / 2195 m


Page By: rebelgrizz

Created/Edited: Sep 14, 2010 / Mar 26, 2011

Object ID: 661298

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Mount Wam is a rather non-descript tree-covered peak located in Northwest Montana's rugged Whitefish Range. Standing at 7203' it does not even make the United States portion of the Whitefish Range top 25 in height. However, if you like getting out into a rugged wilderness and trail hiking to a summit that has a neat lookout, then this peak could be the one for you.


Getting There

Mt. Wam shares the same trailhead with Stahl Peak. To get there, drive 43 miles north of Whitefish on Hwy 93. Turn right onto Grave Creek Road and follow it for 10 miles. After about 3 miles the road becomes one-lane but is still paved until you reach the Clarence Creek/Stahl Creek turn-off. Turn left here and follow the road for approximately .5 miles until it forks again, take the right fork indicating Clarence Creek road (#7022). Drive to the end of the road which is approximately 3 miles. There is a large area for parking and the road is in pretty good shape so passenger cars can easily negotiate the road.

Route Information

As mentioned, Mt. Wam shares the same trailhead as Stahl Peak. Proceed up the old logging road where you will have to cross many small ditches for approximately a half mile until you see this sign and a fork in the trail. 
Mount Wam TH Sign
Mt. Wam Trail
Take the right fork which is Trail #78 (Clarence/Rich). You will quickly encounter the Clarence Creek crossing, which, if done too early in the season can be EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS!!!  
Clarence Creek
Crossing Clarence Creek

After crossing the creek continue up the trail for approximately 2.5 miles as it contours along the south and east sides of a long ridge. You do get some views of Stahl Peak as you hike up the trail.

After 2.5 miles you will reach a junction in a small clearing. Trail #339 (Highline Trail) comes in from the west and this is the trail that will take you the rest of the way to the summit of Wam. 
Trail Junction
Junction Sign
Junction Sign
If you have any doubt as to which way to proceed, just look at the posted sign on the tree. Continue on Trail #339 for approximately 1.8 miles as it continues to weave in and around un-named points and ridges on the way to the lookout. At one point, there is an elevation loss of about 100'...not a big deal, but nothing to look forward to either. Eventually, you gain the ridge and the trail levels out for a bit. 
Un-named Point
Trail goes around this un-named point
Ridge-Top Trail
Ridge-top trail section



Summit Views

Summit views of the surrounding Whitefish Range and into Canada to the north are superb!

The Lookout

The Mt. Wam Lookout is available for rental. Your spartan furnishings are pictured below.

However, the restroom facilities are quite nice! CLEAN AND WELL-STOCKED AT 7200' AND THE OPEN-DOOR VIEWS ARE KILLER!!!

Red Tape

Mt. Wam is located in the Kootenai National Forest which is bear country.

Carry bear spray and know how to use it and make lots of noise at regular intervals as you hike.

Bring water, camera, and a Rexford/Fortine Ranger District Map of the Kootenai National Forest would also be helpful.

Mt. Wam is also accessible from Trail #77 (Foundation). Trail #77 has two trailheads, one to the NE of Wam and one almost due east, both accessible from Road #319. I have no knowledge of this trail as I have not hiked it but have my doubts as to whether it is as well-maintained as the more popular Trail #78.