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MEDICINE POINT LOOKOUT, MT
part ofBitterroot National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Wed Jul 01 2015 Season Dates
OverviewMedicine Point Lookout is a historic tower located on Medicine Point, west of Sula. It has been restored to reflect a lookout of the 1940s, including the stove, furniture, dishes and other small touches. It offers a unique chance for visitors to camp on a mountain peak, near the scenic Bitterroot River in a rustic, old-time setting, while having the enjoyment of recreating on public lands. The tower provides spectacular views of the surrounding western Montana wilderness.
The tower is poised between the east and west forks of the Bitterroot River at an elevation of 8,409 feet. It offers beautiful views of the Bitterroot Mountains, as well as of a vista of the southern Bitterroot Valley to the east. On clear nights the lights of Hamilton can be seen from the tower.
An extensive trail system exists in the area, including several loop trails for hiking, backpacking and horseback riding. Hitching racks are available at the base of the tower for equestrian campers' needs. Road and trail conditions are unpredictable, as weather changes quickly in the area. For best results, consult the ranger district prior to travel.
The 14-by-14 room at the top of the tower can accommodate up to four people. It is equipped with a bed platform for two, as well as a table and chairs, a propane fireplace for heat and a propane camp stove and lanterns. Propane for the fireplace is provided. Basic eating and cooking utensils are available and an outdoor vault toilet is provided.
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Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Missoula, Montana, travel south on Highway 93 to Laird Creek Road/Forest Service Road 370, which is approximately 34 miles south of Hamilton. Turn right and continue about 4 miles to Bear Creek Saddle. At Bear Creek Saddle, turn north onto Forest Service Road 5731 and continue 2 miles to the trailhead. The trail to the tower is approximately 4 miles and is quite steep along some portions.
Mailing Address:MEDICINE POINT LOOKOUT
7338 HWY. 93 S.
SULA MT 59871
Phone Number:Information: (406)821-3201