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Huckleberry Lookout Trail

Intermediate
 4.7 (6)

As straightforward as the name implies; get your hiking legs warm and berry-picking hands ready.


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5.9

Miles

9.5

KM

Point to Point

6,564' 2,001 m

High

3,881' 1,183 m

Low

2,684' 818 m

Up

2' 1 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A great trail for the family that offers a one-of-a-kind experience - fresh huckleberry picking! Eat right off the bush or bag them for baking a pie when you get home. Family fun at its best.

Pay attention to bear sightings and alerts throughout the park and check with park rangers for any updates prior to your hike.

Description

Just off Camas Road from West Glacier, Huckleberry Lookout Trail offers a nice, accessible hike that doesn't require navigating the crowds and shuttle buses along Lake McDonald.

Start immediately from your car and the obvious "Huckleberry Lookout" trail sign. Meander through a beautiful and calm forest/meadow. The trail here is flat ground with a couple of nice wooden bridges as you cross over the creek a few times. After a short while, the trail begins to turn right and head up-slope along more dedicated singletrack.

From here, it's uphill the whole way, but with easy to moderate inclines and nice views of abundantly forested hillsides the miles go by quickly. Plus, if the season is right, the red and purple pearls of delicious delight that give this trail its name, gleam at you from the bush and practically beg you give them a taste! BUT BEWARE: humans aren't the only ones that find these berries irresistible.

Warning! Huckleberry Lookout Trail has one of the highest bear densities in the entire country, and while they can't make a pie, grizzlies happily chow down on these tasty morsels throughout the day. Be careful to travel in groups, make noise, carry bear spray and stay alert so you don't surprise one during its midday lunch.

At the top, enjoy wide-open views of the surrounding mountains and open sky before turning around and enjoying the easy downhill hike back.

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Shared By:

Mike Harcarik

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  4.7 from 6 votes

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Last stretch before the summit/lookout
Jul 4, 2019 near Apgar, MT
Easy strolling through beautiful forests near the start of Huckleberry Lookout
Jan 8, 2016 near Apgar, MT
Just getting started on the lower Huckleberry Lookout Trail.
Jan 9, 2016 near Apgar, MT
Just one of the many local resident deer along the Huckleberry Lookout Trail.
Jan 8, 2016 near Apgar, MT
Enjoying a side-trail snack of fresh huckleberries on the appropriately named Huckleberry Lookout trail.
Jan 8, 2016 near Apgar, MT

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Jul 16, 2020
Bethany Graham
Oct 16, 2019
Sara Breckon
Sep 12, 2019
Denise Hayes
Beautiful. Easy incline, well maintained trail with good margins. Small footbridge at beginning of trail over bubbling creek. Elizabeth is Tower guard
Sep 7, 2019
Jeffrey Kunkleman
Jul 17, 2019
Nick Beaton
Oct 17, 2018
Stephanie Elizabeth
Aug 2, 2018
Katie Bryant
Jul 5, 2018
Murali Ramamoorthy