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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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Hannah Kestler
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HikingGreat!No shade

We only walked one mile in because we forgot bear spray. Beautiful trail and was hardly hiked at all today. We saw bear tracks the entire mile we walked and they increased in numbers the farther we went.

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Michael GIles
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Michael GIles
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Bridge2Far Mowani
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HikingGreat!
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Ken Beck
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Smokey Day but good workout

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Kelly Fox
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HikingNo shade

better views at other places in the park, but few crowds and good view of the lake. Cool lookout at the top. Steady incline for easy ascent and descent.

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Sara Pedersen
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Hiking

Great trail for a nice view of GNP. Very clear trail, three pretty long switchbacks, and a nice view at the fire watch. Bring sunscreen, as it’s pretty much exposed the entire time.

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Joshua Mierly
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Great hike with a good steady incline. Not a lot of shade after the first 3/4 mile but a fantastic hike with a breathtaking view!!

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Leticia Korovessis
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Bryan Dixon
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Moderate incline the whole way up, really not too difficult. Very dense forest on both sides of the trail for the first mile or so. Great views from the fire watch at the top.

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Katie Dixon
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We started out at just before eight and we were alone on the trail, even on a Saturday. This trail is more of a moderate as the elevation gain is pretty steady and isn’t really steep. We saw a few grouse and a mule deer at the top. Truly beautiful place to have your breakfast/lunch.

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Dustin Siler
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Took 2.5 hours. The incline is pretty moderate. Most of the trail is through forest which is nice. Decent views, though there are better in glacier.

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Christi Miner
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Steady climb, be prepared for a calf burner. Gorgeous views up top! Don’t forget to sign the visitors log and pick wild huckleberries!

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Rachelle Green
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HikingGreat!No shade

This trail will forever be one of our favorite hikes. We started the trail around 0700 and were the first people there. About 30 minutes in, we heard multiple wolves howling within the surrounding valley and saw fresh tracks and scat not more than a few hours old. The first part is definitely bear and wolf country, so be smart since there were plenty of signs of animal activity. The first half is flat and relatively easy. Once you start the switchbacks, you gain most of your elevation. The views from the top are amazing and underrated. The entire time on the switchbacks there are great panoramic views. If you start early enough, there were hardly any people and it was mostly shaded. On the decent, however, it was exposed and we passed more people.

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Jake Mandozzi
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extremely hot, but extremely pretty!

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Susanne Neckermann
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this was my first trail in Glacier National Park and I would do it again! it is the perfect first hike because it gets your heart rate up and rewards with a beautiful view of the lake and valley without being too long or too strenuous. I saw some deer on the trail. I started at 8 a.m. and thought that that was a good time as there was no one yet at the top (but plenty people coming up as I went down) and I avoided the full heat. Recommend!

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Mike Davitt
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A good hike for this 59 year old. Took us 1 1/2 hours up. There are better hikes in Glacier.

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Robert Geboy
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Good views, and a lot of chipmunks.

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Douglas Kilpatrick
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Super quiet when we did it, only one party ahead of us, and we were able to spend about a half hour at the lookout relaxing and watching the chipmunks and squirrels fight.

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j w
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HikingNo shade

beginning 1/3 is pretty flat but then gets really steep. beautiful views of lake mcdonald and park at the tower on the summit. very peaceful, hiked Saturday afternoon. bring plenty of water. if you have a water filter there are two spots the stream crosses the path near the front of the trail so you can refill on your way back out.

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Jimmy Dieck
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HikingNo shade

Took us about 3 hrs with frequent stops on the way up and maybe one stop on the way down. The sun was beating down on us and the temperature was about 85°F. There is one area with some shade on the way to/from the lookout point, which was a nice break for us. The view from the top is worth the hard hike, in my opinion, but not my first choice of all the hikes in Glacier NP.

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Michael Rusanowsky
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Nolan Rebernick
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HikingGreat!

Really pretty trail! Had great views all the way up. Wouldn’t recommend to new hikers

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Danny Kalb
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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.

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Kathy Sparkes
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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!

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Jeff Ohmer
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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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