Apgar Lookout

West Glacier, Montana

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A half-day hike from Rubideau Road to Apgar Lookout. This trail provides a short, yet challenging hike that ends with an unusual view of Lake McDonald and the Livingston Range beyond. There are no permanent streams on Apgar Mountain, so water bottles are highly recommended for this trail.The trail starts out as a primitive road, winding across the bench land below Apgar Mountain. Initially, the route runs through forest burned by a ground fire during the Howling Fire of 1994.The blaze burned patchily here; larches in particular were able to survive the fire thanks to their thick, corky bark.
Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

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Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A half-day hike from Rubideau Road to Apgar Lookout. This trail provides a short, yet challenging hike that ends with an unusual view of Lake McDonald and the Livingston Range beyond. There are no permanent streams on Apgar Mountain, so water bottles are highly recommended for this trail.The trail
starts out as a primitive road, winding across the bench land below Apgar Mountain.

Initially, the route runs through forest burned by a ground fire during the Howling Fire of 1994.The blaze burned patchily here; larches in particular were able to survive the fire thanks to their thick, corky bark.

© 2012 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Glacier
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Local Maps: McGee Meadow
Driving Directions: Directions to Apgar Lookout

Recent Trail Reviews

5/23/2209
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This is not that pretty of a hike by Glacier standards but the end result makes it well worth doing. The view from the top is great and at this time of year all the peaks surrounding Lake McDonald are still covered in snow adding to the view. Little to no shade along this trail so take sun block and lots of water.


8/8/2009
0

Nice steady climb on open trail. My GPS clocked the distance at 3.6 miles (one way) from the trailhead parking area. The views going up and on top are well worth the energy. There is a pit toilet at the top


6/9/2009
1

Pretty nice trail. There are good views on the way up due to the fire of '03. Great view at the top. It took us a couple of hours to get up there. I think it is one of the better west side hikes.



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Apr 2018