Have you ever wanted to hike to a summit, but mountain climbing is way beyond your hiking style? Huckleberry Lookout Trail in Glacier National Park may be just the hike. Gorgeous scenery, at 13 miles round trip (out & back) it’s long, but not strenuous. A gradual climb on a scenic trail to a Fire Tower with a sweeping view of the surrounding mountains and landscape.
- Trailhead, Huckleberry Lookout
- We did the hike to see the best view from an outhouse – EVER! And to say I summited a mountain!
One of our hiking friends had a torn meniscus and was scheduled for surgery the week after Huckleberry Lookout hike. Normally our friends plan a “killer” hike every time we visit. This time, with the limitations, the hike was amazing, but not “killer” (thank goodness!).
- The trail begins winding though open forest and hills.
We did it during September, bears’ hyperphagia stage – i.e. gorging themselves in preparation for winter hibernation. According to Backpacker Magazine, Glacier National Park has the densest population of grizzlies anywhere in the Lower 48 and in the fall, they’re hungry for huckleberries. (Note: from here on out, the type styles get really weird, but I cannot figure out why, so I apologize….)
- Bear scat was frequent along the trail – obviously they’d preceded us.
- Group shot, just before the “final ascent”.
But I still found it unsettling to be calling “Hey Bear” every time we came to a blind turn in the trail and constantly scanning the countryside for grizzlies. Luckily, other than bear scat and obvious foraging along the huckleberry bushes lining the trail, we saw no bears.
- Huckleberry Mountain Fire Lookout … see the tiny dot on the top.
- The final ascent to the lookout.
- SUCCESS! Made it to the lookout tower at the top.
- WHAT ARE YOU DOING??? You’re going to get us EATEN!