Apgar Lookout Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews
#18 of 99 trails in

Apgar Lookout Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Columbia Falls, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1929 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
6 days ago

Glad I did it but not on my list to repeat. Had to do the additional 2 miles since road was closed. Very steep, and snow at the top was a little treacherous. Very challenging at steep sections -- views were nice though.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! The wildfire burnout area only adds the the beauty of this trail. It was a bit longer than anticipated, but the view of the Rocky Mountains made it fly by. The fire lookout at the top is a great spot to stop for a snack, we were fortunate enough to run into some rangers who let us do some exploring inside.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views! My friend and I did not realize it was as long as it was, did not bring enough water due to most of the trail being exposed and it being a very warm day. I would definitely hike this trail again but bring more water and snacks for the hike, but very beautiful secluded hike.

8 months ago

Wonderful hike! More nature, less people. The only real drawback is the huge TV transformer by the lookout. Gorgeous views especially at the lookout.

8 months ago

horseback riding
8 months ago

Completed this trail in May 2016 on horseback. Trail is well maintained. Many, many hikers along the way. Some areas were narrow which made it difficult for hikers and horses to pass. Hitching rails available at the top. Sneak a peek on the Glacier Webcams. Gorgeous hike and great views the whole way.

9 months ago

Hiked to Apgar early in the season. Lookout Station still had 2 ft of snow. Nice views on way up and awesome views from lookout station. Take lots of water though in the summertime due to large amount of exposed trails.

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Challenging hike with gorgeous views along the way. Tower lookout is the cherry on top of the hike sundae! Bring water & huff-n-puff your way to the top. (FYI: Pit toilet at peak.)

11 months ago

Incredible views throughout the hike. The trail is in great condition.

hiking
11 months ago

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

it's a great trail as a training hike. When it's hot, bring water because there is no shade. The views aren't bad.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

hiking
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Beautiful view from the fire lookout.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

No shade, and the scenery didn't change much on the way up since it's basically just a bunch of switchbacks along one side of the mountain all the way to the top. The view at the top is nice, but you can get better views just driving through the park and pulling off, or hiking a different trail. Don't waste your time with this one.