Apgar Lookout Professional Reviews and 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 trailstarts 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."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"When snow encases the high country, the Apgar Lookout Trail provides a few-hours’ trek through western hemlock, aspen, and brush before crossing meadows and then climbing to the lookout’s viewpoint overlooking Lake McDonald to the north and the West Side of the park.This trail begins on an old logging road wide Park in 2003.enough for hikers to walk side by side for half a mile. As the route begins to climb, hikers will notice trail-side groups of western red cedars that survived fire; it’s interesting that all other vegetation and trees for acres burned in the 2003 fires. Meadow areas reveal several small, marshy ponds, flora each about an acre or two in size—perfect moose habitat."
--Jean Arthur, Top Trails: Glacier National Park: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press).
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.
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
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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