Spotted Bear Lookout

Swan Lake, Montana

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This seldom-used but very accessible trail climbs to the top of Spotted Bear Mountain, which commands a sweeping view of the surrounding ranges. From the trailhead, the trail to the lookout climbs along a low sidehill, passing below a recent clearcut. The trail soon crosses a dirt road and fords two substantial streams as it winds through a lowland forest of Douglas fir and occasional ponderosa pine. After crossing through the lowlands for a little over a mile, the trail forks into two paths.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This seldom-used but very accessible trail climbs to the top of Spotted Bear Mountain, which commands a sweeping view of the surrounding ranges. From the trailhead, the trail to the lookout climbs along a low sidehill, passing below a recent clearcut.

The trail soon crosses a dirt road and fords two substantial streams as it winds through a lowland forest of Douglas fir and occasional ponderosa pine. After crossing through the lowlands for a little over a mile, the trail forks into two paths.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Swan Lake
Distance: 11.8
Elevation Gain: 3,940 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 7,230 feet
Local Contacts: Flathead National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Tin Creek, Spotted Bear Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Spotted Bear Lookout

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Apr 2018