Mount Brown Lookout Trail [CLOSED]

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Glacier National Park

Mount Brown Lookout Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Glacier, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and horses and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 4,209 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

closed

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Mount Brown Lookout is not a hike for the faint of heart. The trail branches off of the Sperry Chalet and Snyder Lake trail. The trail shoots straight up to an elevation gain of 4,315 feet. There are between 30-35 switchbacks. For the majority of the hike you will be immersed in heavy woods.

hiking
no shade
snow
7 months ago

Extremely challenging hike. We were glad we read the reviews and brought poles - highly recommend! Snow at the top made it difficult, and is currently a couple feet deep. We saw a big male mountain goat near the top. No sign of any bears. Views we’re phenomenal the whole way up the hike. I tracked using the Fitbit app and it came out to 23km rather than 16. Completed Oct 23, 2019.

hiking
no shade
snow
8 months ago

This trail is definitely not for the faint of heart.. we took our time up the switchbacks and made it up in 3.5 hrs (we were very tired!). The views were absolutely stunning - would definitely recommend as long as you start early, are fit, and pack plenty of layers to stay warm at the top!

hiking
8 months ago

if you love a trail that goes straight up 4000 feet and straight back down then this is for you ... the views are spectacular from the top ... bring water since there is no source once you start up a mountain

hiking
8 months ago

Very long, difficult trail. Much of it going through burned forest area which offers more viewing opportunity. The end of this trail is really something spectacular and worth the long haul. We hiked up past the cloud layer and the last half mile or so was snow covered. We passed by a salt-licking goat and saw him again making his way up to the very top. The lookout view is amazing with a 360 degree view. Top 3 hike i have ever done.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

This is one long very difficult slog uphill but worth the effort if you are in good shape. There are a lot of burned out areas due to the August 2017 Sprague Fire, so wear lots of sunscreen and hike on a cooler day if you can. If you are lucky you will meet the very knowledgeable “dean” of the trail ... I have hiked the trail twice, once on June 3, 2017 and once on September 15, 2019, and I met him both times. Be wary of assertive mountain goats seeking urine ... they may scare the you-know-what out of you. You may need to either get off the trail to let them pass or walk past them, since they may just wait around otherwise or even charge down the trail after you, as they did to me in 2017 — twice. Anyway, this hike gives you a view of the full length of Lake McDonald and panoramic views of various mountains. The lookout was repainted in September 2019. Do not let the comparatively short distance fool you ... the hike is mostly uphill and you can spend all day hiking it.

hiking
8 months ago

Most hardest Impressive Trail on The Park there is no shade from the Forest Fire Of 2017 so on a clear sunny day it can get really hot wear a hat or use Sunscreen this Trail is really Worth it the reward is The fire Lookout Tower it feels like you are Flying on The Top Of The World.

hiking
8 months ago

Best trail in glacier national park in my opinion.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

This is a leg burner! but worth the effort. Go on a clear day, you won't be disappointed. You will be tired. Guard your knees on the way down. Saw mountain goats, grouse, and heard elk.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike!! Not really that bad. Just take your time, and enjoy the views. The top is worth every step!! Saw two Billy Goats at the top. Maintenance being performed to the lookout by the Fire Lookout crew. Painting and such. Chuck was up there from the Forest Fire Lookout Association. The way down is a bit of a chore as the steep sections are a little hard on the legs. Again, just take your time. Or run!!! Can be easier!! This hike is so worth the effort!!! Enjoy!!

hiking
no shade
rocky
9 months ago

This trail is a beast of a climb. 4,200 ft up in 5 miles makes for a tough trek that’ll have any athlete feeling out of shape. Once the Mt. Brown trail breaks off from gunsight pass, make sure to strap on your big boy pants tight, cause the next mile is straight uphill(a local told us this was the toughest hike in Glacier). The way down provides little relief, as most of it is so steep that it’ll be easier to take it at a jog. Make sure to bring plenty of water and something to protect you from the sun, as the 2017 fires left most of the trees on the trail burnt, providing little shade. This trail is VERY lightly trafficked and is definitely not for the faint of heart.

hiking
9 months ago

Dieser Trail ist genau wie beschrieben: erst geht es ziemlich steil nur bergauf, oben angekommen wird man mit einem fantastischen Ausblick belohnt!!

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

Challenging destination hike through area destroyed in the 2017 fires. 360 degree views are spectaular.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a fun, but challenging hike! The trail is *steep*, but the views are worth it! A note for 2019: a majority of the heavy woods mentioned in the description are currently recovering from a fire, so sun protection is heavily recommended.

hiking
10 months ago

it's uphill the whole way, and down the whole way- to be expected with the elevation gain. No water on the trail but the flowers and views were worth it. A quiet trail too, not a lot of hikers on it. Definitely a harder hike. Well defined trail, not too rocky, just at the top a few miles from the lookout.

hiking
10 months ago

great trail, not very rocky but it's very steep making it a hard trail. It's 5 miles ALL uphill than 5 mile ALL downhill so be ready for that. Also there was no water on the trail pack all the water you will need.

hiking
10 months ago

I agree with the previous review that says not to be scared of this hike. it’s hard, but SO worth it for the views. The hike is moderately hard until the fork at which point it goes straight up for about a mile. Afterwards it slowly mellows out a bit until the peak. It’s absolutely breathtaking at the top, my new favorite glacier hike!!!Today we ran into four different mountain goats! They’re super cute but not afraid of humans and we definitely got chased by one of them for a while. Bring bugspray,

recorded Mount Brown Lookout Trail

hiking
10 months ago

This was a hard trail but wow the views were awesome at the top. Straight up for 5 miles, 31 switchbacks. Take lots of water, and a hat as you go through the burn area. Beautiful!!!

hiking
10 months ago

Don’t be scared of this trail! Yes, it’s hard. But the hardest section is fairly short (one mile or so) and there are payoff views most of the way. We saw very few people on trail... but did encounter a few mountain goats! I loved it so much!

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing views all the way up through the burned trees. A steep hike, so bring lots of water and sunscreen and bug repellent for the area near the bottom. Got to meet one of the mountain goats while at the top as well. Hiking poles recommended.

hiking
11 months ago

Left on trailhead at about 8am - ascent to the split where Sperry and Mt. Brown cutoff is not very steep, very manageable. After split - very quick and steep ascent for about a mile, trail gets less and less steep as the trees get thinner and thinner. AMAZING views of Lake McDonald from trail on the way up, very challenging ascent however. At 4.4 miles on the trail we ran into a goat, who followed us for about .3 miles. He trapped us on the edge of the switchback with a second goat and we were very nervous, so we slowly turned around and headed back before the summit, the goats seemed to be angry we were in their territory, they got up above us and grazed without moving. We began heading back and they followed us again for not a very long time, and then they left us alone. We were tempted to just run past them but decided against it, views up to summit were INCREDIBLE, HIGHLY reccomend. Great workout, as well. Returned at about 1 pm.

hiking
bugs
snow
11 months ago

Beautiful views at lookout, and of Lake McDonald on way up. Bring bug repellent. Snow patches at top, over last mile. Lookout station is closed, but catwalk around top of station is open.

11 months ago

hiked June 12th. some snow at top and some laid back mountain goats. cool observation building constructed deep in the trail. challenging switchbacks. roughly a 4000 ft ascent in just 5 miles with a lot of that packed in to 3 miles. incredible views.

hiking
Tue Jun 04 2019

Hiked this trail 6/3/2019. Mt. Brown lookout was a testing but very rewarding in the end trail. Would recommend to experienced hikers due to majority of 5-mile trail being uphill and some steeper inclines. Views really start to kick in 4 miles up and the lookout is postcard worthy. Top was still snow packed so take that into account.

hiking
Mon Jun 03 2019

Hiked 6/2/19 WOW the view at the top was incredible. The hike up was beautiful, I saw a lot of reviews that said the views during the hike up was just ok but I loved it, all in the forest with views of the lake and mountains. Switchbacks were tough, i liked the challenge and the view at the top was the best reward. Took us 5 hours round trip with breaks

hiking
Fri May 31 2019

Yeah Buddy. If you are looking for a good workout, this is the trail for you. Most of the way up is burned forest, thus the reward doesn't greet you until about 4 miles in... all uphill. Make sure you brings lots of water and bug spray.

hiking
Sat May 25 2019

This is one of the more strenuous hikes I've done inside the park. The views don't start until you get pretty high up, but they are absolutely worth the grueling hike.

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