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Scalplock Lookout Trail is a 9.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Glacier, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length 9.2 mi Elevation gain 3,225 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Fee No dogs
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Glacier National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle (Winter: $25) or $30 per motorcycle (Winter: $20). If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person (Winter: $15). You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. Winter rates are in place 11/1-4/30.

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Ankit Gupta
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Fiona Jensen-Hitch
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Hiked end of July, absolutely beautiful and only saw a few other people. As others have said, tons of huckleberries on this trail and we got sidetracked on the way down, adding probably an extra hour.

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Roger Parker
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Trail in great shape

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Tyler Hansen
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Nathan Dixon
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Hank Renfrow
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Not the most exciting trail BUT the view at the top is totally worth it. Took me 2:55 going up and 2-ish coming down.

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addison mccarthy
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Awesome hike! I started at about 8:30 and got back down around 1:30. Could definitely be done faster if you have any self control; I do not so I was picking huckleberries and thimble berries all the way up and down. Gorgeous views, had the lookout to myself , and saw 4 other people the whole time.

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rachel nighthawk
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This was so fun!! It was more like ten miles round-trip, so the signs are a bit off. It's a walk in the woods most of the way till the last bit where you break out more and get some pretty meadows of wildflowers and mountain views. The views at the top are SO GOOD! You can also see Grant Glacier outside the park and Harrison Glacier inside the park from the lookout. Jake the fire lookout was super friendly and he pointed out peaks and answered our questions. There were lots of butterflies up there and SO MANY HUCKLEBERRIES on the trail!! They were going OFF! We also saw nobody, not a single soul, all the way to the top and only saw a couple when we were nearly all the way down. It was SO NICE to get a break from all the crowds in the park and see things from a new angle. Ahhh! So good!

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Steven Fouquette
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Will Maurer
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A moderately challenging hike with big payoff at the end. Sweeping views await you at the top, but for most of the 4.5 miles up you are enshrouded by trees (keep this in mind if you are considering doing a partial hike). Note: no water bottle fillups that we could find at the base, and certainly no fillups at the lookout. We hiked on a 90+ degree day and 2L for each of us was marginal. YMMV.

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Brenna Merrill
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Didn’t do the full lookout- just a few miles into the trail. Huckleberries, strawberries, and soaking in the river were all excellent.

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Spoon Drift
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Shaded hike till the last .5 mile. First 1/2 overgrown in places with knee high brush so prepare to have wet feet if you leave before dew evaporated. Moderately steep and continuous climb once you reach the switchbacks. Distant road and train noise is audible the entire trail. Made the top in 1:50. No huckleberries yet. Great views at end.

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Sara Warncke
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Beautiful 360° mountains at the summit! Worth the hike- also side note, my garmin recorded 13.9 miles.... not 9.2 heads up

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Mark Holland
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Just hiked the trail yesterday. It's a pretty tough climb, and there's a lot of snow at the top. For the last half mile, it was consistent postholing. Beautiful views all throughout the trail. The park is open for day hikes, so the trail is open. The trail was very easy to navigate.

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Cheryl Schweigert
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Great day. Tamaracks in full gold. Sun and a bit of snow at the top.

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Jessica Nymark
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Great hike. Tracks quite a bit longer than 9.3 miles; I got 11. Gradual switchbacks in the middle portion, but the last mile felt pretty brutal. The forest on the way up was beautiful in the snow and fall colors, but you are in the forest the WHOLE time until you get to the lookout. Then the views are fantastic. That’s the only reason I give this four stars and not five.

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Tom Hall
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A great hike - tough to get up but worth the view. It took 2 hours 45 mins to get up with lots of breaks and 1.5hrs to get down. Would highly recommend - bring snacks tho!!

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Duke Goss
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9-8-19 What a great hike!! The trail is pretty tame, and very nice. The growth on the sides are a bit of a pain with hiking poles, but not bad. Got to the top and hung out with Jake. His last day is Wednesday. After Wednesday he will be heading to the John Mir trail and hiking a bit over 200 miles. He was a absolute pleasure to chat with. Headed down after lunch and a bunch of chatter. Picked huckleberries on the way down- still a ton up on top!! And big too!! Spent 4 hours hiking but about 7 1/2 hours up there. Had a splendid time!!! One of our favorite hikes!! The views up top are absolutely beautiful!! Gonna come back earlier next year for the flowers!!

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Jana Kochanny
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Previous comments are spot on. Just have to add that this should be called the “huckleberry hike” as they were everywhere. My first taste of huckleberries ever and thought they were not as good as our Michigan blueberries. A very nice local hiker explained to me that huckleberries are worth $70 for a gallon ziplock baggie-full. She said to try them in a pastry. So we bought 2 slices of pie on the way home and WOW! Now I understand the huck craze. Fire Ranger Jake was great and patient with all my questions about his fire tower. We had hiked to the unused Mount Brown fire tower the day before and we were so curious to see what was inside. He generously let us snoop around his summer home and explained what it took to live alone for 10 day stretches and no water source. Only regret about this hike is we did not bring any snacks for the fire ranger so my recommendation would be for anyone taking this hike bring something special for fire ranger Jake!

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Maria Bishop-Carns
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I'll rate this once I've done it - doing later this week. Just wanted to point out that this trail is in Glacier National Park, therefore NO DOGS! Pictures are beautiful - looking forward to it.

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Debra Davidson
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This was a nice lightly trafficked trek. The incline is modest and not real challenging but you’ll get a good workout. Most of the trail is forested until near the top where you walk through a high meadow with an amazing array of wildflowers.

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Emily Gall
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Great trail, trailhead marker says it's 4 miles to top, actually more like 5.5. Pretty steep, but worth it.

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Jacob Moyer
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Great trail to avoid people, saw no one else. Awesome hike with great views at the top. Gradual incline in the middle with about a 1,000 ft incline in the last mile as you get to the top. Definitely worth the 3 hour trip to the top. Got to meet a great fire lookout named Jake who was a great source of information. Not a ton of wildlife. Saw a snake and some big elk prints along the trail. Would also recommend if you are looking for a trail to bring your dog! Trail is a little bit longer than shown. Whole thing was about 11 miles.

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Joseph Heinemann
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nice trail, great views at the fire lookout.

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Scott Willeke
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awesome out and back. great way to end a weeklong trip. don't get fooled by the great opening just shy of the peak take photos and go all the way to top as it is worth the extra couple hundred feet ascent.

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Ryan Whiteside
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What a great hike with a gentle graded trail to a firetower with awesome views.

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Mark Kaufman
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carry bear spray.

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Janis Walburn
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Loved this hike! Close for a day hike for locals and the view is amazing. We had lots of huckleberries to keep our energy up and the bear grass was in full bloom!

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Susan Burton
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Spectacular wildflowers at the top (July, 2004). Mountain view was also great. The ranger at the top was more than happy to answer questions, but also happy just to let us rest and soak up the view.

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