From the road, the trail climbs gradually through alpine forest. Follow proper bear-etiquette: make noise on the trail and travel in a group. The folks leading our party encountered a black bear on the trail. (The bear scampered off into the trees and was not seen for the rest of the day.)
The trail heads up the Mcgee Creek valley and crosses onto the Agpar mountain range. Starting at 8:30 AM we were at the lookout by lunchtime. The hike gains close to 900 m (3000 ft) in elevation and is a 20 km round trip outing? It took us about 7 hours in total.
The fire warden was a pleasant chap who had manned the lookout for the past few years. Please be polite to the fire warden and treat the area with respect. The place is more than a lookout - it's in fact, his home for the summer!
Although the summer of 2005 was relatively wet in comparison to other years, there was a forest fire just to the south of us that had started on the day of our hike. There was a bit of haze from the blaze? But the views still did amaze.
From the Agpar Entrance to Glacier National Park (Montana) (near Lake Macdonald), follow Glacier Route Eight northwards for approximately 10 kms. There is a parking area on the left side of the road.
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