Scalplock Lookout Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
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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.

Distance: 9.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3,225 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
13 days ago

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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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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!!

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

nice trail, great views at the fire lookout.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 11, 2018

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

Friday, August 03, 2018

carry bear spray.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

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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