Gird Point Lookout


Gird Point Lookout

The Bitterroot National Forest invites you to enjoy a unique recreational experience at Gird Point Lookout. This historic L-4 cabin sits on top of an 8' tower and is located 11 miles east of Hamilton, Montana at 7,702 feet elevation. The lookout has a near-360 view of the surrounding Sapphire, Bitterroot, and Anaconda Pintler mountain ranges and sunsets are spectacular! Visitors can drive to within a half mile of the lookout and must then hike a moderate grade the remaining way. The lookout was restored during a multi-year project that began in 2001 and is furnished with vintage 1940's lookout furnishings. There is no electricity or water. Propane canisters are supplied for cooking and lighting. Hike the surrounding hillsides, drive ATV's on Forest Roads in the area or bring your latest book and relax!

At a Glance


Reserve by visiting or by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777.

Fees $30/night. Call the Darby Ranger Station at (406)821-3913 for the current combination for the lock on the door, a week in advance of your arrival.
Permit Info: Accomodates 4 people
Open Season: July
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Limit of 4 people
Closest Towns: Hamilton, MT
Water: No
Restroom: Outhouse
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Hamilton, MT travel 2 miles south on Highway 93. Turn east (left) on Skalkaho Highway 38 and travel 8.5 miles. Turn north (left) onto Gird Point Rd/FS 714 and follow this winding mountain road approximatley thirteen miles to the Gird Point Lookout Trailhead parking area. From there you will hike approximately 3/4 of a mile to the lookout on a moderate grade.

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