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Apgar Lookout Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Columbia Falls, Montana that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October.

Length 7.1 mi Elevation gain 1,860 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No shade

No dogs

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Please note: Users report the access road may close seasonally. Please check with the park page for updates.

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Reviews (389)
Photos (157)
Recordings (282)
Completed (688)
Fiona Jensen-Hitch
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HikingNo shade

Hiked late afternoon/early evening on 8/7/20. It was a great, cooler and more windy day. This hike can get very hot as it’s quite exposed, so aim for morning or cooler weather. Super beautiful views! Have done a couple times.

Kathy Sparkes
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Hiking

Enjoyed the trail

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Bridget Myers
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful at the lookout! Do yourself a favor and walk over towards the lake overview a bit just past the trees to get a STUNNING view. Go early and bring plenty of water. Not a lot of people!

Jeff Ohmer
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Hiking

I'm glad we started early, there's not much foliage to provide shade so starting at 7 made it much more comfortable hiking up. There was a good view from the chalet at the top. The trail wasn't trafficked as much as any other trails we hiked so far so it made for a very peaceful hike

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Monica Meghani
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HikingNo shade

It IS pretty hike, but the view at the top is quite obstructed. Just makes all the work not worth the reward. I started at 5pm, and the entire hike was in the sun. No shade on the hike. It was still a nice hike overall, but if you only have a couple days in the park, this is not the one you should do. The Loop to Granite Park Trail is similar level of difficulty (a bit more incline) with a much bigger payoff.

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Jason Tietema
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Hiking

An adventurous uphill battle with great views at every turn. Not only is it semi secluded, for Glacier Park that is, it is also a great way to spend about 3 hours. Just remember to bring water and be ready for the sun as there is minimal to no shade the entire time.

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Laurie Critchfield
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HikingNo shade

Excellent workout, nice steady elevation gain. Stunning views. I started about 6:30, was the second car in the lot. It was hot today and I don’t tolerate heat well so I could have started an hour earlier but starting early saved the day..

Daniel Lurie
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

Not really sure why this trail is getting bashed as “basic,” but I thought it was absolutely gorgeous hiking it tonight. I had attempted it about a week ago with my sister’s boyfriend, but we started really late and had to trail run back down (halfway in) in the dark in fear of bears, so I knew I had to finish it today before I left Glacier (solo this time, though). I started at about 7:30 PM, the weather was in the 70s, and as the sun set, I fell in love with this little trail. It is a fairly easy climb the whole way, garnished with beautiful flowers (of course Indian Paintbrushes—my favorite), ferns, sage grouse, chipmunks, birds, and dear. Since I started late (again) the sun was setting, painting the entire landscape a pink and yellow hue, which eventually turned into fiery red, creating the illusion of the mountains being on fire. I made it up to the outlook tower in an hour, hiking about 3.75 miles, signed the logbook, took a few photos, and then realized that I (again) was going to be hiking down in the dark. Pepper spray in one hand, my phone flashlight in the other, I trail ran down the mountain (which was a little sketchy as the foliage of the trail in the dark blocks out any light, so every single bush I thought was a bear) and made it out in 40 minutes, right as it turned completely dark. Distance is a little further than the distinguished 7.1 miles out-and-back. Bear spray, bug spray, easy and beautiful hike (especially if you want to catch a sunrise/sunset, flowers, wildlife—loved it.

Thad Seymour
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Hiking

If you are going to hike this trail, leave very early in the morning. Once you start climbing, you’ll be in sun until you arrive at the top, and it is up up up once the incline starts. The view is beautiful and it’s cool at the top.

Rupp B.
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HikingNo shade

This is a nice hike but it's best done early in the day. Most of it is through an area that burned recently enough that there is little shade. Add to that the fact that it's mostly southern exposure and this is a hot midday hike. There are some great views on the way up looking south of Glacier but the views from the top are extraordinary.

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kenzie roberts
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HikingNo shade

went on this hike a few weeks ago with friends. do not recommend it. no shade, direct sunlight, steep incline, and average view for the area. you can see the same type of views from your car, to be honest. go to avalanche lake instead.

Lauren Rautio
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Hiking

Beautiful views on the hike up. You’ll want to wear sunscreen since most of the trail isn’t covered by trees. I’d recommend hiking in the morning to beat the heat and don’t forget lots of water!

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Jennifer Niles
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Hiking

Views at the top are beautiful, it’s a tough one climbing most of the hike. Trail is well kept. If I did it again it would be on horse back.

Ashley Mell
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HikingNo shade

I was not a big fan of this hike. Straight up with the same view the whole time in direct sunshine with no breeze....the view to work ratio wasn't worth it in my opinion.

Erin Kelly
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HikingNo shade

Trail is well kept, in the sun the whole time so bring lots of water. A decent amount of elevation gain, so going up is pretty taxing. But at the end you have a great view of lake McDonald and surrounding area!

Yotam Ben-Ami
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Hiking

A bit confused at the isotope reviews. This hike is a lot of work for very little reward. Steep, almost zero shade, zero wildlife. Nice views at the end but what hike in the area doesn’t offer that? You can do better - way better. Try Sperry Chalet for example, it’s a thousand times more fun, shady and tons of wildlife. Also, AT data for this trail is beyond screwed up. It adds about 10% to the distance and removes about 20% from the elevation gain. Annoying and useless. One of the worst hikes I’ve done. Avoid it for sure.

Jon Tonneson
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Decent hike. Went around 5:30pm on 07/09/2020. There were maybe a dozen cars in the parking area. 95% of the hike is in a previously burned area, so there isn't much shade. Bring plenty of water. Some nice views to the west on the way up. Once you get to the top you can see McDonald lake and the peaks to the east.

carter chell
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HikingNo shade

Super fun hike. You are in the sun 90% of the way up. Top has 360 degrees views and shade. Parking lot fills up fast so get there early.

Heather Larkin
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HikingNo shade

Great trail if you’re up for a bit of a challenge. It starts with a slow incline for about the first mile with beautiful wildflowers. Then the elevation really starts to climb. At about 2.2 miles there’s a patch of trees that provide a bit of much appreciated shade. Beautiful views at the top but there’s a tower that blocks a little of the beauty.

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James Chinn
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Hiking

Not a bad hike when there are few options. Views are not too unique and you’re on the edge of civilization still.

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Eva Holland
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Hiking

Great hike! Went this morning at 6:30. First ones in the lot. By 10 the lot had 8 cars. Rained for the first 2-3ish miles and cleared right at the top. Beautiful 360 views at the top to reward the uphill hike there. Definitely recommend.

William Barraza
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HikingBugs

Trail in great condition. Sunblock, bug repellent and hats are a must, specially on a sunny day.

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Chris Beiswenger
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Hiking

Solid trail as a workout. Not much to look at on the way up as the view doesn’t change. Lots of effort for minimal return.

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Robert Cross
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Hiking

Great hike! Steep and a good workout but well worth it! Great view of Lake McDonald and mountains behind.

James Jackson
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Hiking

Got to the trailhead at 7. Only a few cars. packed when heading out at 11. View at the top is Gorgeous with opportunities for a great pic. Trail is very manageable and my 7 year old navigated without issue, besides the occasional complaint. It is a little steep but early in the morning the sun wasn't an issue, as much of the trail is exposed. I wouldn't want to go up later in the day.

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