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Mount Brown Lookout - GNP, MT

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 9.89 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,224 feet
Elevation Gain 4,206 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,206 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 30.92
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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4  2017-07-17 friendofThunderg
Author friendofThundergod
author avatar Guides 18
Routes 278
Photos 7,651
Trips 711 map ( 8,339 miles )
Age 37 Male Gender
Location AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, May, Jul
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Summer
Sun  6:15am - 6:44pm
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"A real climb to a fake summit."
by friendofThundergod

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The Mount Brown Lookout is located on a false summit along a ridgeline approximately one mile south of the actual Mount Brown summit. The trail leading to the lookout is one of the steepest in the park. However, it is in excellent shape and easy to follow with a steady, but manageable grade. The tower offers some excellent views of Lake McDonald and the surrounding west Glacier area.

The hike starts at the Sperry Chalet Trailhead where one begins by taking the Gunsight Pass Trail for approximately 1.5 miles to where the Mount Brown Lookout Trail intersects from the left/north. The trail immediately begins to climb at this point and does not stop until one reaches the lookout. The trail is in excellent shape and easy to follow. It switchbacks through a dense forest for the majority of its length, however, some excellent views of Lake McDonald can be had the further one gets in the climb. The final mile is mostly open and includes a long traverse after the tower first comes into sight. This section of trail offers some great views of the mountain ranges to the south of Glacier National Park and towards the Sperry Glacier area. The lookout was not being manned and locked to the public at the time of the writing of this description, however, its balcony is accessible and there is a log book provided for visitors to sign. After catching your breath and taking a minute to enjoy the surroundings, return the way you came.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Most recent Triplog Review
Mount Brown Lookout - GNP
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This was my last hike in Glacier. I had wanted to do this hike since reading that it was perhaps the most strenuous hike in the park, however, I put it on the back burner until my final day, which proved to be a great choice.

I am not sure if this it the park's most strenuous hike, or even the most strenuous I did while at the park, however, you do gain 4,300 feet in just over five miles on the way to the lookout. I took a little longer break than usual at the top to soak in the views and reflect on my three weeks spent in the place they call, "the Crown of our Continent." In terms of hiking and outdoor living it was truly an amazing few weeks and any amount of paragraphs describing it would still be an understatement. In fact, I find it nearly impossible to articulate the beauty of Glacier, its level of wilderness, or the level of personal and physical fulfillment it brought me. One simply needs to see the place for him, or herself.

In the end, I covered just over 250 miles between Glacier and Waterton Lakes and still somehow left regretting I did not hit more trails and with a to-do list of trails and destinations, as long as the one that I came to the park with. This is truly a "trails" park and a hiker/backpacker's paradise and it was tough to say goodbye to. There is no such thing, as a bad hike in Glacier and Brown's Lookout proved to be the perfect hike to signal the end to my time in the park, however, I would have probably said that about any hike in this amazing park.

Permit $$

Glacier National Park
$30 per car(week), $12 bike/foot(week), $50 annual View Current Entrance Fees

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Mount Brown's Lookout is reached via the Sperry Chalet Trailhead which is located across from the Lake McDonald Lodge along the Going to the Sun Road.
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