Scalplock Mountain and Lookout
One of these lesser-known peaks is called Scalplock Mountain. It is not mentioned as being climbed in J. Gordon Edwards', A Climber's Guide To Glacier National Park, but on page 326 there is a map rendering showing its location in relation to the major peaks and trails of the South Central Area of the park.
A "scalplock" is defined as follows: a long lock of hair left on the top of the shaven head of certain Native American warriors.
Scalplock Mountain was named so, according to Glacier Administrative History, for a small tuft of trees resembling a Native American warrior's scalplock that remained on it's summit following a fire that destroyed the remaining timber. These historic photographs show some of the forest fire history in the area around Scalplock Mountain.
Scalplock Lookout was built in 1931 and re-habbed in 1999. It is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register.
Red TapeScalplock is located in Glacier National Park so all of those rules and regulations apply. Hike and Climb Smart!! Always carry your bear spray and make noise at regular intervals while on the trail. Bear sign was evident along the trail. Insect repellent and water are also necessities.
Camping/LodgingThe closest campground to Scalplock is located at Devil Creek further to the east off Highway 2. Lodging is also available in Essex at the Izaak Walton Inn.
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