Hiking Project Logo

black Mount Brown Lookout

  4.3 ( 10 )

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Trail

10.3 mile 16.6 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,203' 1,281 m
Descent: -4,203' -1,281 m
High: 7,428' 2,264 m
Low: 3,225' 983 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Craig DiCarlo

A journey along a crazy steep trail with absolutely no reprieve leads to a well worthwhile viewpoint

Craig DiCarlo

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This route includes travel on a very demanding trail. It climbs and climbs and climbs. There are no level spots on the trail! Wonderful views throughout make all of that effort worthwhile though!

Need to Know

Bring plenty of water, there is no opportunity to replenish.

Description

This trail climbs nearly 5,000 feet in five miles, so it's a strenuous ascent. There are wonderful views of Lake McDonald along the way. Be well prepared as there is no water along the way and zero flat ground.

At about mile three, you'll come to the first significant viewpoint. From here, there are great views of the surrounding mountains. You'll really be able to appreciate how much you've been climbing, as the views have changed, even from McDonald Lake. Once you've caught your breath, continue along the trail. At about 4.4 miles, you'll reach another great viewpoint and stopping spot. About a half mile later, you get the first view of the Lookout. This is about the area I ran into the goats.

I was ultimately cut short of reaching the lookout due to two mountain goats who blocked the trail and were rather aggressive. They forced my retreat about a quarter mile from the lookout. They actually followed me down the trail for a third of a mile or so, and there was no way around them. The appearance of these goats is a good reminder to respect the wildlife in the park. Don't get too close to ANY of the full-time residents of the park.

Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

You'll enjoy typical alpine natives such as pine, pika, marmots, and even mountain goats.

Contacts

Rate This Featured Hike

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Hike

Check In

Check-Ins

Aug 2, 2018
Brianna Hawthorne
Completed the hardest hike in glacier alongside Cassidy, Heidi, Brandon, Majesty, Becca and David. Spent 3 hours napping at the top
Jul 12, 2018
Mags Carvalho
Amazing lookout totally worth it. Our gps said 12 mikes not 10.5 12mi
Jul 4, 2018
Brittany Cuff
Great hike with wonderful views. Very tiring though so start early in the day. Beware of bears.
Jul 4, 2018
Emilie Kitt
An incredibly hard hike. The burn from 2017 opened up tons of beautiful views of Lake McDonald and the surrounding mountains. The view from the loo… 10.3mi
Jun 21, 2018
Melodie Prevost
+ almost to summit of Mt Brown!
Jun 19, 2018
Olivia Smith
Jun 17, 2018
Chris Purcell
9.2mi
Jun 12, 2018
Matt Smith
Curious Mountain goats!!!

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 10 votes

#1818

Overall
  4.3 from 10 votes
5 Star
50%
4 Star
40%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
10%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#42

in Montana

#1,818

Overall
53 Views Last Month
1,098 Since Jul 1, 2016
Difficult Difficult

0%
0%
0%
30%
50%
20%
I feel like the black diamond rating over sells the difficulty of this hike. Yes, it is strenuous, but it is not out of the reach of most people. Start early, take a snack, take plenty of water, and enjoy the quiet surroundings. Aug 25, 2017

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking