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part ofKootenai National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sun Jul 12 2015   Season Dates


Mount Wam Lookout sits atop its namesake mountain at an elevation of 7,203 feet within the Ten Lakes Proposed Wilderness Area in Kootenai National Forest. The lookout was used regularly as an observation point for spotting forest fires between 1931 and 1951. It was restored in 1999.

The lookout is available from late June through September. Guests must hike 5 miles on 3 different trails to reach the lookout from the parking area. This rustic retreat offers few amenities, so guests should be prepared to pack in most of their own supplies and gear.

Natural Features:

The lookout offers panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies to the north, the Galton Mountains to the west, the Whitefish Range to the south and Glacier National Park to the east. From this vantage point, guests can enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and gaze out over starry skies on clear nights.

Kootenai National Forest supports populations of deer, elk, moose, grizzly and black bears, wolves and mountain lions (bear safety). A variety of smaller mammals and birds can also be found.


Trails 77, 78 and 339 are used to access the lookout, and all offer challenging hikes. Trail 339 that accesses the cabin is the Highline Trail, a 14-mile hike that features spectacular mountain views, alpine lakes, wildflower meadows and huckleberry picking.

Trail 77, the Foundation-Camp Creek Trail, is 10 miles and traverses 3 valleys at the base of Mt. Wam. Trail 78 is the Clarence-Rich Creek Trail, which meanders 4 miles through dense forest, offering huckleberry picking and panoramic views.


The lookout cabin is 196 square feet and can accommodate 4 people. It comes equipped with 2 twin size bed platforms, 4 thin foam sleeping pads, a wood stove for heat, a table with benches, cooking utensils, broom, dustpan, axe, bucket and shovel. Firewood is provided. An outhouse with vault toilet is located nearby.

Water and electricity are not available. Guests must provide their own water for drinking, cooking and washing.

Items such as a cook stove, cookware, bedding, lanterns or flashlights, matches, extra toilet paper, first aid supplies, trash bags, dish soap, towels and an ice chest are not available. Guests are expected to pack out their trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bucket & Shovel
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Twin Bed Platform
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Berry Picking
  • Hunting
Know Before You Go
  • To confirm lock combination or key pickup instructions, contact the Ranger District at (406) 882-4451
  • There is no water; guests must provide their own for drinking, cooking and washing
  • Access trails to lookout go through grizzly bear habitat
  • The trail crossing at Clarence Creek (Trail 78) can be hazardous during high flows
  • The hike to the lookout is challenging and not recommended for children
  • Due to vandalism, equipped items are not guaranteed
  • Access depends on weather conditions
  • Please pack out all trash and food and clean cabin before departure
  • Learn more about the Kootenai National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.95528, -114.81083
48°57'19"N, 114°48'39"W

From Eureka, Montana: travel Highway 93 south for approximately 9 miles to Forest Road 114 (Grave Creek Road). Turn and follow Road 114 for 10 miles to the junction of Forest Road 7021 (Stahl Creek Road). Turn onto Road 7021 and follow for half a mile to the junction, turning onto Road 7022 (Clarence Creek Road). Take this road to the end, which turns into the trailhead for Trail 81.

Follow Trail 81 for half a mile to Trail 78. Follow Trail 78 for 3 miles to the junction with Trail 339. Follow Trail 339 to Mt. Wam. This is approximately a 5 mile hike. Other trails may be accessed from Mt. Wam.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Fortine RD 12797 US Hwy. 93 S
FORTINE  MT  59918-0116

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)882-4451
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