Blue Mountain Lookout from Blue Mountain Saddle

Missoula, Montana 59804

Blue Mountain Lookout from Blue Mountain Saddle

Blue Mountain Lookout from Blue Mountain Saddle Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Missoula
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.2
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-Round
Season
U.S.G.S. Blue Mountain / Southwest Missoula
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Jul 2018