Scalplock Mountain and Lookout Climber's Log

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JessDoesThings - Aug 23, 2020 2:26 pm Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2019

Snowy Lookout  Sucess!

Hiked this after the first major snow dump on the east-side in 2019. It was beautiful with fresh snow. R.I.P. sandwich dropped off the lookout into the snow at the top.


Adriana - Oct 28, 2015 7:36 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2013

Lookout  Sucess!

Nice hike, views were alright.


ManyGlacierMountaineer - May 22, 2013 11:24 am

Winter Snowshoe Ascent  Sucess!

2013 - w/ Mike Burr.


GlacierDan - Apr 17, 2013 1:46 pm Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2011

Scalplock  Sucess!

Read awhite28's comments!


WOLFrising - Jan 3, 2013 1:50 pm

Snowshoeless in Winter  Sucess!

Winter 2010

Climbed multiple times that winter while working at Isaak Walton Inn. The first summit took place after a guest of the Inn told me they encountered almost no snow on the trail. They lied. So I climbed the mountain in winter conditions without snowshoes...then got called into work. Very tiring day! The views of St. Nick make the whole thing worth it, though!


awhite28 - Dec 25, 2012 11:47 am Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2011


Good early season snowshoe. I climbed this on the same date several years ago and walked to the lookout. This time we had snowshoes on at the start. Scalplock looked like a 1 story building with the 15+ feet of snow around it and the 8 foot wind drift on top. Spectacular!


distressbark - Jun 8, 2011 7:15 pm Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2011

Scalplock snowshoe  Sucess!

Lost the trail around 5,500 feet and went straight up the deep snow from there. Enjoyable ridge walk with impressive cornices en route to the fire lookout. Fantastic views of Saint Nick and the wild southern section of the park. A perfect winter snowshoe!


MtnNinja - May 20, 2011 10:52 pm Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2009

Season Opener  Sucess!

With husband and friend James


GlacierCountry - May 18, 2011 6:31 pm Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2009

No Tourists  Sucess!

We had to post-hole a bit of snow for the last few hundred feet but it wasn't bad. This was a beautiful and warm day. We only passed one other hiker on the trail. This is remote and strenuous so no tourists will be found here, great solitude for mountain lovers.


GNPgumpy - Apr 25, 2011 2:02 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2010

Scalplock  Sucess!

2010 June 6 with GMS
2011 Feb 20 with GMS


pyerger - Jul 26, 2010 1:18 pm

winter climb  Sucess!

Snow shoed in the winter


FlatheadNative - Jun 7, 2010 8:55 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2010

June Trip  Sucess!

Great day with vantana, echoguy, bret and ken. Great views of St. Nick.


EarMountain - May 25, 2010 5:24 pm Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2007

Scalplock  Sucess!

2010 in the spring with GMS
2007 with Bud, Jen Ron
2006 with April and Bud
2003 with a whole bunch on Nov. 1, 2003.
2002 with John, April, Dennis and Bud
2002 with Bud and Hedglin


TwaMontana - Nov 4, 2009 9:57 am Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2009

Unexpected Goup Hike  Sucess!

Was heading up solo when six other climbers I know showed up in the parking area. Had a great time. No snow at the trail head, about a foot at the lookout.


bfrench - Apr 27, 2009 11:59 pm

Scalplock  Sucess!



KristinaAL - Dec 11, 2008 12:33 pm

Family Hike

Don't remember the year but it worked out great for a family with 4 children. Too many low clouds for good views. There was a mauling on the trail exactly 2 weeks later and have heard of at least one other since. Sounds like a good trail for Grizz.


jtellis - Nov 30, 2008 3:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2003

Great day hike  Sucess!

I first hiked up to the Scalplock lookout on a day off from working the West Entrance on 8/6/03. The various fires were making the air practically unbreatheable on the west side of the park, so on a suggestion I made it down to Walton to give this a shot. What a beautiful hike--one of my favorite day-hikes. The fields of flowers on the ridge below the final ascent to the summit/lookout are breathtaking. I startled the on-duty lookout as he was coming out of the outhouse, but had a nice conversation.

Returned to Scalplock on 6/30/08 with my friend Tyler. Hottest hike of the summer as it was 100 degrees that day. Still, what a great time--clear skies all around, and saw nobody at all that day! Recently I read Doug Peacock's account of working at that lookout tower in "Grizzly Years" (I'd mistakenly thought he'd worked at Huckleberry); excellent insights into the life of a firewatcher.


samh - Aug 11, 2008 3:42 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2005

Map Wheel  Sucess!

MFTC cleared the trail up to Scalplock and spent a half hour ogling all the visible peaks in the park through the map wheel in the lookout cabin.


jimegan - Aug 10, 2008 9:08 am Date Climbed: May 19, 1994

Scalplock mtn  Sucess!

Also 9/21/97 along with peaks 6954 and 7135

also 4/30/98

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