Mount Brown Lookout Trail

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Mount Brown Lookout Trail is a 9.3 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, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

9.3 miles
4,222 feet
Out & Back



horseback riding

nature trips




wild flowers


old growth

no dogs

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.

2 days ago

Be warned, not for the faint of heart! we took about 5 hours making it up the hill, make sure you bring lots of water and food! Make sure to tell the man on the mountain hello and stop to hear his stories if he is there! It is absolutely and whole heartedly worth it. Please don't shy away from this because it is a difficult hike.

1 month ago

Hiked 7/2. Tough but very rewarding hike. Hiked with wife and 14yr old son up from McDonald Lodge in about 2:45. Due to fire lot of open views of area throughout hike. Saw few goats at the top. Was very windy and cold so only few minutes up top. Total hike time little over 5hrs as descent was tough especially near bottom. Highly recommend!!!

1 month ago

Great hike!!

1 month ago

Hard but amazing!

2 months ago

Heed the warnings, this hike is tough, and now that the Sprague Fire has consumed most of the cover, if it's a sunny day it's going to be blistering hot. Highly recommend hiking poles and take lots of water. The views have opened up as well since the fire, so as tough as this hike is, it's worth it!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Tough hike, but well worth it in the end! The descent back to the Sperry trailhead is just as grueling as going up, so prepare your knees!

Friday, August 04, 2017

Be prepared for a steady climb right from the start. All vertical, very little rest from the incline even on switchbacks. This is an endurance hike.

View is amazing!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Definitly a steep one but well worth it! Awesome views even saw a mountain goat.

Monday, July 17, 2017

This is a breeze of a hike! Come on up! You’ll love it! Bring grandma and grandpa—- if ya wanna kill ‘em! KIDDING!

Not gonna lie. Challenging hike that was completely worth it!

Hiked this with hubby and 17 yo son July 2017.

We did a small hike prior to this and started around 1pm. Said hmm. That looks fun. Let’s do that!

Grueling. Just kept going up. Epic views from the top. Minimal if any traffic. Most people had more sense or died.

Hiking poles highly recommended. Not only do they reduce the weight on your knees and help your footing but you can use them to impale your own heart when you can’t take it anymore. Remember -going down is strenuous on legs too bc of the grade of descent.

Well worth it! Just do it. You’ll talk about it for years to come!!!! It is the standard by which we compare all other hikes.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Brutal but worth it

Saturday, June 24, 2017

What a feeling of accomplishment completing this hike! The views are tremendous and well worth the work. You will be sore. It will be worth it.

Still had some snow up at the top, but not enough to deter you from reaching the lookout.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Snowshoed up to the lookout March 26th. One of the most memorable and rewarding experiences I have ever had the opportunity to do. Went with a group of 4 and we passed about 3 others on the way up. If you have the opportunity, definitely make sure you do this hike. Very challenging, but well worth it

Monday, February 20, 2017


Saturday, August 20, 2016

This trail is an all-around ass kicker! If you like a challenge and are into feeling the pain for the gain do this hike! You will be happy with your view at the end as well as with the lookouts along the way once you've hiked an hour or two.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

This trail is a must if visiting the park. It took me 2 1/2 hours to make it to the top. I'm 21 and only took about 10 minutes worth of a break. For the average person I would give yourself 3-3 1/2 hours. I then gave myself a 30 minute break up top. The views are awesome up there. I uploaded some photos but they don't do the justice of what it feels like in person.

Monday, July 11, 2016

We did this hike the first week in April. The first couple miles were snowless, after that the snow got DEEP. We wore snowshoes for the last half. 1/2 mile from the top we lost the trail due to snow/no previous traffic. One of the most brutal hikes I've ever done, but the views were amazing. Coming down was an absolute blast. We pretty much skied on our snowshoes. Saved lots of time and stress on the knees.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mount Brown was a beautiful hike, very steady uphill climb throughout but not technically difficult. I would recommend bringing hiking poles. The descend is especially hard on the knees. We are in your twenties and in slightly above average shape, it took us 3.5 hours to get up the trail and 2.5 hours to come down, with lots of short breaks. The view on the top is worth every struggle. Mountain goat sightings was just the cherry on top. There is a little bit of snow coming up to the lookout, and on the summit part, so prepare accordingly.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hiked it over July 2015
Wow talk about a strugggggggggle. Nothing but up. Be prepared for a good time as you are challenged to the max. Enjoy the views to keep you clear of the abyss where you might begin to think you can't do it.
Incredibly quiet hike only saw a few people coming down and no one at the lookout while we rewarded ourselves with a beer.
I believe we started around 3pm and finished around 8pm.
Once done go and enjoy a burger by the lake at the lodge!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Steep hike to an old fire lookout . Wonderful vista views from the top.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Amazing views! Some of the best Views I've ever seen on any hike. Very strenuous though. All uphill and around 30-35 switchbacks. Pack lots of water and big spray. Great workout with a great pay off. There is a false summit though. I call it point of despair (where you can see the lookout from the trail). Don't lose hope though! Don't do this hike if you have knee problems.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Great views from lookout with a demanding trail with many switchbacks. Snowflakes @ lookout July 4th 2010. A must hike for the serious hiker looking for a great view.

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