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Mount Brown Lookout

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 4.5 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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10.3

Miles

16.6

KM

62%

Runnable

7,428' 2,264 m

High

3,225' 983 m

Low

4,203' 1,281 m

Up

4,203' 1,281 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

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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.

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Flora & Fauna

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

Contacts

Shared By:

Craig DiCarlo with improvements by Matthew Coleman

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  4.5 from 14 votes

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Photos

Star trails over Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana.
Oct 4, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
Another shot of the protectors of the trail.
Jul 1, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
Goats preventing me from continuing up the trail. They followed me down for about a quarter mile.
Jul 1, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
Mount Brown Trail in Glacier National Park.
Jun 10, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT

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May 30, 2018
Robert Hill
Brutal, but worth it for the view 10.3mi