Spot Mountain Lookout

Conner, Montana

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This well-defined trail provides a very long day hike to the crest of Spot Mountain, site of a USFS fire lookout that is still actively used for summer fire reconnaissance. The peak is a long way from anywhere and sees very few visitors; recreational use is virtually nonexistent outside of hunting season. Originally excluded when Congress designated the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in 1964, full federal protection for Spot Mountain and much of the surrounding Magruder Corridor region was extended with passage of the Central Idaho Wilderness Act of 1980.
Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

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Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

by Scott Steinberg (Falcon Guides)

This well-defined trail provides a very long day hike to the crest of Spot Mountain, site of a USFS fire lookout that is still actively used for summer fire reconnaissance. The peak is a long way from anywhere and sees very few visitors; recreational use is virtually nonexistent outside of hunting season.

Originally excluded when Congress designated the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in 1964, full federal protection for Spot Mountain and much of the surrounding Magruder Corridor region was extended with passage of the Central Idaho Wilderness Act of 1980.

©  Scott Steinberg/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Conner
Distance: 11.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 10.0–12.0 hours
Season: Best from late July through September
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bitterroot National Forest
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute series: Spot Mountain, ID
Driving Directions: Directions to Spot Mountain Lookout

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Apr 2018