Blue Mountain Lookout from Blue Mountain Saddle

Missoula, Montana

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The hike from Blue Mountain Saddle up to the fire lookout follows the last mile of the 8-mile Blue Mountain National Recreation Trail (Hike 42). The lookout tower, at the top of Blue Mountain, is a working Forest Service fire lookout. From the summit are incredible panoramic views of the Garnet, Swan, Rattlesnake, Mission Mountain, and Cabinet Ranges; the Scapegoat, Bob Marshall, and Selway-Bitterroot wilderness areas; the Missoula Valley; and Lolo Peak. During fire season, the lookout is open to the public. Visitors are welcome to climb the steps up to the 50-foot tower and take a tour. Forest Service Road #21 37 also winds up to the fire lookout (in season). The scenic drive to the summit is highly recommended if you prefer not to hike.
Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

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by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

The hike from Blue Mountain Saddle up to the fire lookout follows the last mile of the 8-mile Blue Mountain National Recreation Trail (Hike 42). The lookout tower, at the top of Blue Mountain, is a working Forest Service fire lookout.

From the summit are incredible panoramic views of the Garnet, Swan, Rattlesnake, Mission Mountain, and Cabinet Ranges; the Scapegoat, Bob Marshall, and Selway-Bitterroot wilderness areas; the Missoula Valley; and Lolo Peak. During fire season, the lookout is open to the public. Visitors are welcome to climb the steps up to the 50-foot tower and take a tour. Forest Service Road #21 37 also winds up to the fire lookout (in season). The scenic drive to the summit is highly recommended if you prefer not to hike.

©  Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-Round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Blue Mountain / Southwest Missoula
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Mountain Lookout from Blue Mountain Saddle

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