McCart Lookout


McCart Lookout

McCart Lookout is a historic L4 lookout located on McCart Peak east of Sula, MT. This lookout has been restored to reflect a lookout of the 1940's. This includes the stove, furniture, dishes, and other small touches. It is poised on the edge of the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness and offers beautiful views of the Pintler Mountains to the east and the Bitterroot Mountains to the west.

The lookout is one room with a bed platform suitable for two people however the lookout could accommodate two more individuals on the floor. The lookout measures 14' x 14' with a 30 inch catwalk around the outside. There is a wood stove for heat. You may have to saw your own wood from down and dead material found nearby. A bow saw and ax are provided. A two burner propane camp stove is provided, but you will have to provide your own propane canisters. Basic pots, pans, and dishes, along with utensils for cooking and eating are provided. Water is not. A Coleman lantern is provided. Propane to operate it is not. A wooden outhouse serves the lookout. You will need to bring your own toilet paper.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in is at 2:00 p.m. and check out is at 12:00 p.m.  
Reservations: Reserve by visiting or by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777).
Fees $30/night. Call the Darby/Sula Ranger Station at (406)821-3913 for the current combination for the lock on the door, a week in advance of your arrival.
Open Season: Mid to end of May
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Limit of 4 people.  Snowmobiles, ATV's and mountain bikes are not permitted on the Johnson Peak Trail # 435.
Closest Towns: Sula, MT
Water: No
Restroom: Outhouse
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Sula, MT head northwest 0.2 miles on Highway 93. Turn northeast (right) onto East Fork Rd. (county road #472). Go approximately 15 miles and turn south (right) onto Forest Service Road #435 (Johnson Peak Trail). Travel 5.5 miles to the trailhead. Hike 1.5 miles to the lookout.

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McCart Lookout was originally built to watch for forest fires in the Sula/East Fork area. While it may have been built for work, you can now use it for play. This structure offers a unique chance to camp on a mountain peak on the border of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness in a rustic old-time setting, while having the enjoyment of recreating on public lands.

Maximum Number of People 4

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