Fire Tower Lookout Experience
Trek along a mountain ridge that borders the west fork of the Bitterroot River. Spend a night in a decommissioned fire lookout tower
and at higher elevation alpine lakes.
16 mi, 5200 ft
22 mi, 7200 ft
An uphill battle marks the start of this journey with a 3 mi, 3000 ft elevation gain to the lookout. Option B: 8 mi, 3200 ft of elevation gain
Hike 8.8 mi along the mountain ridge to gain and lose 3600 ft of elevation, stopping at an alpine lake situated at 8,000 ft.
Hike 5 mi with some gain and 3000 ft of elevation loss to reach the trailhead and the journey's end. Note: This hike requires a shuttle. We may use guest vehicles for a shuttle.
Plenty of views will be had on this trip! We'll be hiking along a ridge most of the time. Water will be scarce. Expect to have to carry 3-4 L or more at a time.
One or more of our campsites will be at an alpine lake. Most sit at the base of mountains that stand more than 1000 ft above the surface of the lakes. Sometimes up to 4000 ft in the Bitterroot.
Most of this hike is through burn areas of varying years (17 - 23 yrs ago). Higher UV exposure than other hikes. Increased risk of blowdowns. The severity of burns also varies.
This trip is a point-to-point trip, meaning that a shuttle will be required to book this trip. Please email [email protected] for details.
We will hit one or more summits on this hike. Expect some panoramic views! Summitting may require some Class 2 scrambling, (using arms and hands but low risk.)
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Trip Walkthrough Meeting one month prior to trip!