Fire Lookout Hike – Apgar
August 16 at 7 a.m.
Come reach the high points of Glacier National Park by foot, while learning about the natural and cultural history of the park’s fire lookouts along the way. We will discuss fire ecology and fire management, as well as sharing stories left behind by the colorful cast of characters that have staffed these lookouts for the past 75 years. Apgar Lookout is nestled in the western fringed peaks of Glacier, with unimpeded views of the heart of the park. Join us for this ecological, educational and riveting trek, where you will leave with far more than you came with.
Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Field Camp.
Itinerary: (subject to change due to trail closures and weather) We will begin the course at 7 a.m. with brief introductions to each other and to the class. We will then dive into general fire ecology and fire management practices. Then we will load up in our Glacier Institute vans and drive to the Apgar Lookout trailhead. We will hike to Apgar Lookout, discussing the fire history of the area, fire’s effects on landscape and how the presence of fire has been managed over the years. We will enjoy a trail lunch at the top while admiring the views. The group will then hike down, returning to the trailhead. The course will end by 4 p.m. and will not be cancelled due to weather.
Food: Please bring a trail lunch, plenty of water and snacks for the day.
Park Entrance Fees: Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entrance passes prior to the course. These can be purchased online at: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74280.
Equipment: You will receive a Field Camp gear list once you register. Most important are comfortable hiking shoes, at least 1-2 liter water bottle, backpack, rain gear, hat, and sunscreen. Weather can be varied so please be prepared with appropriate clothing, with warm layers. Binoculars are not required but may be helpful to spot wildlife.
Physical Requirements: Moderate to strenuous difficulty; Round trip mileage of 7.1 miles, with elevation gain/loss of 1,860 feet.
Academic Credit: Please see our ‘2021 Academic Credit’ link on our website to learn about OPI credits for our courses.