Huckleberry Mountain Lookout

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Hard
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5.5-8h
Distance
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18.2 km
Elevation
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845 m
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The Huckleberry Mountain Lookout is a rewarding hike through fields lined with juicy huckleberries that are a favorite among hikers and other species. The lookout is still used by the National Park Service to monitor wildfires, so you can imagine the expansive views that Huckleberry Mountain lookout covers. Hike to the tower and feast your eyes on miles of lush green forests and cool gray mountains in the distance.

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Route Description for Huckleberry Mountain Lookout

The Huckleberry Mountain Lookout is swarmed in the summer months by huckleberries, and while these are a great snack for hikers, they also draw some large furry friends:bears. When hiking Huckleberry, ensure that you have packed bear spray and make noise along the trail to alert any lingering bears of your presence, so you do not startle them.

Huckleberry Mountain Lookout is still used by the National Park Service to monitor forest fire activity, so you can imagine how far these views stretch. The first portion of the hike is quite dense, and you will mostly be walking in the forest; however, you will catch glimpses of the sights to come here and there. At 0.3 mi, you will have to cross over McGee Creek, and this will be your only water source going forward. 4.0 mi into the hike you will face elevations of 2,000 ft, and you will reach a pass. Keep walking towards the lookout as you will be able to see it in the distance from here.

In the last 2.0 mi, until you reach Huckleberry Mountain Lookout, the views will be incredible. On a clear day, you will be able to see Longfellow Peak, Paul Bunyan’s cabin, Mt. Saint Nick, and the Great Northern. Return from the lookout by following the path in which you came.

Getting to the Huckleberry Mountain Lookout Trailhead

To get to Huckleberry Mountain Lookout from the closest town of Apgar, head South toward Apgar Look/Lake View Drive. Turn left onto the loop and then hang a right onto Camas Road. After 11.4 mi, turn left onto N Fork Road. Take your first left, then first right and arrive at Huckleberry Mountain Lookout.

Route Information

  • When to do

    April - October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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