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.

Option A:
16 mi, 5200 ft
elevation gain

Option B:
22 mi, 7200 ft
elevation gain

Trip Summary

Day 1

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

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Trip Features:

Ridgetop Hiking

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.

Alpine Lakes

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.

Burn Areas

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.

Point-to-point Hike

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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Virtual Trip Planning 

Trip Walkthrough Meeting one month prior to trip!

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