by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)
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A good hike up a well maintained trail, I carried my 3 year-old son up this trail in a backpack with no problem. The view from the top is decent but I wouldn’t plan a whole day around this trail, the hike is only a couple hours but you have a long drive from anywhere but the Yaak river valley.
Trail starts in a ~15 year-old clear cut but quickly gets into an older pine forest. The grade is steady but reasonable to the top. The forest slowly thins revealing a rocky ridge on trail right. There was plenty of elk (and some bear sign) but we didn’t see any wildlife. You start getting peaks of the top with about a half-mile to go then break above the tree line about a quarter mile from the top. The final section is over rock but the trail has been well cleared and marked to the top. There is a cluttered/abandoned fire lookout and restroom on the peak.
If you are fortunate enough to have a place to stay in the Yaak river valley I would recommend the hike, otherwise I would head over to Glacier NP, many more high quality day-hikes to be had.
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