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Pinkham Mountain

Pinkham Mountain

Pinkham Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.64306°N / 115.09083°W

Object Title: Pinkham Mountain

County: Lincoln

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 6322 ft / 1927 m


Page By: rebelgrizz

Created/Edited: Aug 20, 2011 / Aug 23, 2011

Object ID: 739381

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Pinkham 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.

Getting There

Pinkham Mountain
Beginning of FS Road 494E from parking area
Pinkham Mountain
Parking area from 494E
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 10.8 miles turn left onto FS Road #7929. Drive 1.6 miles and then turn right onto FS Road #494. Drive 1.7 miles up #494 to FS Road #494E which serves as your "trailhead". A word of caution...FS Road #494 is extremely ROCKY...I strongly recommend heavy duty tires.

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 Information

This 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.

TerrainOne-Way MileageElevation Gain
FS Road 494E1.03387'

Summit Area

Camping and RedTape

Pinkham 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.

Bear Stuff

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.

Trip Options

Pinkham is such a quick and easy hike it is very easy to combine it with up to at least 1,2,3 or 4 other mountains in the nearby vicinity. The day that we summitted Pinkham we also did Sutton Mountain and Lydia Mountain. Previously, on the same long ridge as Sutton and Lydia, we had also done McGuire Mountain and Little Sutton Mountain.


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