Jumbo Mountain Lookout

Seeley Lake, Montana

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This trail provides a side trip to the top of a high peak overlooking The Basin in the Danaher Valley. From the Danaher Creek Trail, the trail to Jumbo Mountain Lookout runs due south, soon reaching a knee-deep ford of the main channel of Danaher Creek, which babbles swiftly over its bed of bright cobbles. The trail then crosses a substantial island in the stream to reach the deep, slow-moving west channel of the stream. Hikers can avoid this ford by following the streambank southward into the woods, where the stream is much shallower and can be crossed on logs that span the waters. Once on the far bank, the trail immediately begins climbing up the forested eastern slope of the mountain. As the trail winds onto grassy southfacing slopes, it offers sweeping views of The Basin, with its tawny grasslands stretched out amid the verdant carpet of the forest.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This trail provides a side trip to the top of a high peak overlooking The Basin in the Danaher Valley. From the Danaher Creek Trail, the trail to Jumbo Mountain Lookout runs due south, soon reaching a knee-deep ford of the main channel of Danaher Creek, which babbles swiftly over its bed of bright cobbles. The trail then crosses a substantial island in the stream to reach the deep, slow-moving west channel of the stream. Hikers can avoid this ford by following the streambank southward into the woods, where the stream is much shallower and can be crossed on logs that span the waters. Once on the far bank, the trail immediately begins climbing up the forested eastern slope of the mountain. As the trail winds onto grassy southfacing slopes, it offers sweeping views of The Basin, with its tawny grasslands stretched out amid the verdant carpet of the forest.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Seeley Lake
Distance: 7.6
Elevation Gain: 3,394 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,980 feet
Top Elevation: 8,284 feet
Local Contacts: Bob Marshall Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Trap Mountain, Pilot Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Jumbo Mountain Lookout

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