Fire Lookout Hike – Huckleberry
August 17 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. Huckleberry Lookout towers over the western border of the park, with the scenic and wild North Fork River carving the valley 3,000 feet below. At the summit you can observe the landscape with unimpeded 360 degree views of the park’s interior. 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. Then we will load up in our Glacier Institute vans and drive to the Huckleberry Lookout trailhead. We will hike to Huckleberry Lookout, discussing the fire history of the area, fire’s effects on the 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. If we are lucky, we may get to talk with the staff who are actively manning the lookout. The group will then hike down, returning to the trailhead and returning back to Field Camp. 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 entry 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 importantly 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, and warm layers. Binoculars are not required but may be helpful to spot wildlife.
Physical Requirements: Strenuous difficulty; Round trip mileage of 11.5 miles, with elevation gain/loss of 2,618 feet.
Academic Credit: Please see our ‘2021 Academic Credit’ link on our website to learn about OPI credits for our courses.