OverviewPinkham Mountain 6322' is located in NW Montana's Salish Mountains. Pinkham Mountain is home to the Pinkham Mountain Electronic Site...consisting partly of the Pinkham Mountain Repeater. Not sure exactly what this does other than having something to do with radio communications in NW Montana.
Pinkham also used to house a lookout. There are ruins of an old log cabin at the summit amidst the abundance of electronic towers and buildings.
It is also possible to approach Pinkham from the opposite direction...which again involves FS Road #494...still very rocky but not quite as bad. Drive on #433 for 13.3 miles to the intersection with FS Road #1900. Turn left and drive 1.3 miles to the intersection with FS Road #494. Turn left here and drive up 2.05 miles to the intersection with FS Road #494E.
Route InformationThis is a very easy and quick hike up a FS Road for approximately 1 mile gaining about 400'. In fact, you could actually drive to the summit if you choose, as many people do, as the summit is home to the Pinkham Electronic Site. There aren't any views at the summit as it is covered in buildings and towers. The best views are to the NW as you hike up the road...pictured below.
|Terrain||One-Way Mileage||Elevation Gain|
|FS Road 494E||1.03||387'|
Camping and RedTapePinkham 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 Pinkham Mountain, the Salish Mountains are chock full of healthy-sized black bears and the occasional grizzly.
There is no water available on this hike. A map of the Kootenai National Forest is helpful in negotiating the many Forest Service Roads. Bug repellent is an absolute necessity in Montana in June, July and August.
The closest campground is at McGuire Mountain Lookout.