Apgar Lookout Trail

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11.4 km
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567 m
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Apgar Lookout Trail is a breathtaking journey through the forest that was devastated by the Robert Fire, but rebuilt itself over the years. Feast your eyes on the collosal mountains that touch the sky and tower over the lakes below. This lookout takes you high above the trees and treats you to views you won’t soon forget.

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Route Description for Apgar Lookout Trail

The Apgar Lookout Trail is a breath of fresh air way up in the sky. As you perch yourself at the top and lookout for miles, you feel higher than the mountains themselves. The views on this hike are spectacular as you begin walking down a dirt road and start to see the effects on the forest from the Robert Fire. Continuing on, you will begin a steep climb to the lookout point. Hiking for the next 4.3 km, you will peak more than 518 m and find yourself just below the lookout. When you have finished taking in the views, head back the way you came as this is an out-and-back trail.

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Getting to the Apgar Lookout Trail Trailhead

To get to Apgar Lookout Trail from Columbia Falls, head Southwest on North Fork Road/Railroad Street East toward North Nucleus Avenue. Turn left onto North Nucleus Avenue for 1.0 km and then turn left onto US-2 East. After driving for 26.1 km, turn left onto Glacier Route 1 Road/Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then after 1.9 km turn left onto Quart Circle Bridge Road. Drive for 3.9 km, and arrive at your destination.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June - October

  • Backcountry Campsites


  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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