Attention: The park will be closed for the following days in 2014: June 1-15, June 30, July 29, August 28, September 30 and October 30.

HORNET LOOKOUT, MT

Hornet Lookout provides guests with astounding 360-degree views of the surrounding terrain, including Glacier National Park and Kintla Lake on clear days. On some nights, the Northern Lights may be seen from the lookout. Visitors also enjoy access to a variety of recreational activities...
Status: Closed through Fri Jun 13 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • There is a maximum stay of three consecutive nights with a total of seven days per calendar year.
  • Water, electricity and sewer is not available at the cabin.
  • Use caution; Hornet Road 9805 is narrow, with few pullouts.
  • Bears frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage.
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack-it-in, pack-it-out" facility.
  • Contact the ranger district office at (406) 387-3800, during normal office hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for updates on weather and road conditions.
  • The cabin remains locked; a combination lock code will be contained in the reservation confirmation letter.
  • Guests must clean cabin prior to departure; a fee will be charged if extra clean-up is needed.
  • Commercial use of cabin is prohibited.
  • Click here for more information on the Flathead National Forest.
  • In early to mid-summer, expect snow on the road preventing you from driving to the Lookout's trailhead. Be prepared to hike an extra distance.
  • Refunds will not be given for inclement weather or road conditions.
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.
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AREA HORNET LOOKOUT CABIN NONELECTRIC 2 Back-In
Pets Allowed
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Overview

Overview

Hornet Lookout provides guests with astounding 360-degree views of the surrounding terrain, including Glacier National Park and Kintla Lake on clear days. On some nights, the Northern Lights may be seen from the lookout. Visitors also enjoy access to a variety of recreational activities.

Access to the lookout requires a one-mile hike from the trailhead at the parking area. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The scenic lookout is perched atop Hornet Peak, at an elevation of 6,744 feet. Nearby peaks include Wedge Mountain and Akinkoka Peak. The rustic lookout was built in 1922 and, in its prime, played an integral role for detecting forest fires in the North Fork area. A 2003 wildfire charred the surrounding area, but wildflowers and bear grass are making a comeback.

Glacier View Ranger District is bordered on the east by the North Fork of the Flathead River and Glacier National Park. To the north is Canada and west is the Montana's Kootenai National Forest.

Recreation:

Hiking and mountain biking on the gravel roads and trails are among the activities available in the area. Viewing wildlife is another rewarding pastime.

Facilities:

The two-story lookout sits at ground level. The ground level provides a living space for two guests and the second story is a small loft used solely for full views of the region. The lookout's rustic accommodations include a propane cook stove, propane lantern, two cots, a small wood stove for heat. A pit toilet is provided outside the lookout.

No water is available. Guests should pack their own bedding, water, first aid kit and food, among other necessities. Dead and downed firewood can be gathered in the area. Click here for more cabin details.

Nearby Attractions:

Glacier National Park and the Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Flathead River are nearby.

Booking Window
Tue Apr 29 2014 - Sat Oct 25 2014

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates
June 15 to Oct. 31

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Sat Jun 14 2014 Wed Oct 29 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cot(s)
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pit Toilets
  • Propane Stove
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy

Special Policy Applicable to this Facility
Reservations can be made one to 180 days in advance. The rental fee is $20 per night and there is a maximum stay of three consecutive nights with a total of seven days per calendar year.

Federal Pass discounts do not apply.

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jun 14 2014 -
Oct 29 2014
CABIN NONELECTRIC $20.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.87778, -114.51167
48°52'40"N, 114°30'42"W

From Columbia Falls, take Nucleus Avenue north through Columbia Falls and turn east on Railroad Street. At the stop sign, the road becomes the North Fork Road. Continue on North Fork Road for about 45 miles and over the railroad overpass. Turn left (west) on Whale Creek Road 318 and drive 4 miles, then turn right on the narrow Hornet Road 9805 and go 5.2 miles to the trailhead of Hornet Trail 349. Hike about a mile to the lookout.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

HORNET LOOKOUT
8975 HWY 2 E BOX 190340
HUNGRY HORSE MT 59919

Phone Number:

Information: (406)387-3800
Additional Information