This past weekend we decided to do our inaugural hike in Glacier Park. Knowing how incredibly lucky I am to have this wonderful place in my backyard, I was thrilled to be getting out and about early in the season. In order to ease into what will surely be a busy summer, we decided to tackle Apgar Fire Lookout over the first weekend of June.
Apgar Fire Lookout is a 7.1 mile roundtrip hike, with an elevation gain of 1,845 feet. This hike was my second fire lookout hike (the first was to here), and a great way to begin the process of getting back into hiking shape. The trail offers spectacular views, is very well maintained, and has a gradual incline. I like to think of myself in pretty good shape, but the incline was just enough to get my blood pumping, but not so much where I felt out of breath.
We arrived to the park shortly after 9 AM. The Apgar Fire Lookout trail is just within the park boundaries, which makes it an easy hike to do if you don’t have a full day to commit. When we arrived at the Swan Mountain Outfitters corral, we noticed that the road to the trailhead had been gated and was not currently open. Since it is still early in the season and the water tables are high, I’m not sure whether it will be open later in the year or not. But, if you do choose to go this time of the year and find the road gated, please be advised that this will add 3.8 miles to the overall trip (1.9 each way), although it is an easy 1.9 miles in, but depending on your physical ability this may make for a more difficult hike.
It was a great hike to start out the year, and another fire lookout I can check off the list. I’m also thinking about pulling out the snowshoes and trying it this winter for a new kind of adventure.
Have you hiked Apgar Fire Lookout?
APGAR FIRE LOOKOUT
DISTANCE: 7.1 miles (10.9 with the road to the trailhead closed)
ELEVATION: 5,228 ft
ELEVATION GAIN: 1,845 ft
WHAT TO BRING: Bear spray (which you should always bring), a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, bug spray, and a smile for the webcam at the top!