MCCART LOOKOUT, MT

McCart Lookout is a historic tower located on McCart Peak, east of Sula. It has been restored to reflect a lookout of the 1940s, including the stove, furniture, dishes and other small touches. It offers a unique chance for visitors to camp on a mountain peak, on the border of the ...
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  • Drinking water is not available
  • This facility is located in a remote area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water and weather safety
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • The lookout remains locked; a week before your scheduled arrival, contact the Sula Ranger District during office hours to obtain a key code
  • Learn more about the Bitterroot 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 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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Pets Allowed - no
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Overview

Overview

McCart Lookout is a historic tower located on McCart Peak, east of Sula. It has been restored to reflect a lookout of the 1940s, including the stove, furniture, dishes and other small touches. It offers a unique chance for visitors to camp on a mountain peak, on the border of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, in a rustic, old-time setting. The tower provides spectacular views of the surrounding western Montana wilderness.

Natural Features:

The tower is situated east of the Bitterroot Valley, at an elevation of 7,115 feet. It was named for William McCart, who settled the area but failed to complete his homestead entry to patent. 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 Bitterroot forest is home to many species of wildlife, from mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, black bear, mountain lions, and moose, to many varieties of smaller animals and birds.

Recreation:

The trail to reach the tower continues south and joins the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, which extends 3,100 miles across the United States, from the borders of Mexico to Canada. While it might take about six months to complete, a variety of day hikes and points of exploration are available within the area of the lookout tower. Trails can be enjoyed on foot or on horseback. Backpackers also enjoy the terrain. A small corral and hitching racks for livestock are provided at the base of the tower.

Aside from hiking and horseback riding, the area is replete with wildlife and offers scenic views. A lookout journal is kept inside, providing instructions of what to do in case of emergency or a storm. Danger from lightning is largely abated due to a lightning rod implanted at the structure.

Facilities:

The 14-by-14 room at the top of the tower can accommodate up to four people. It is equipped with a bed platform for two, as well as a table and chairs, wood stove for heat and a propane camp stove and lanterns. Basic eating and cooking utensils are available and an outdoor vault toilet is provided.

A 30-inch catwalk surrounds the tower's single, glass-paneled room. Guests may need to saw their own firewood from down and dead material surrounding the lookout, and a bow saw and axe are provided.

Guests will need to bring their own water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes, as well as propane fuel canisters for cooking and lighting. Guests are also responsible for their own bedding, towels, soap, toilet paper and garbage bags. The facility does not provide trash receptacles; all garbage should be carried out, and the tower should be cleaned by guests prior to leaving.

The tower is accessed by a moderate, 1.5-mile hike from the parking area. Snowmobiles and other off-road vehicles are not allowed on the trail, however, horses and other livestock are welcome. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Nearby Attractions:

A variety of natural hot springs exist in the area, including the the Lost Trail Hot Springs, which is located about 13 miles northwest of the tower. It provides swimming and additional amenities, including a general store and lodging.

Booking Window
Mon Apr 28 2014 - Fri Oct 24 2014

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

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri Jun 06 2014 Sun Sep 21 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Backpacking
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Propane Lantern (Fuel not provided)
  • Propane Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Ranger Station
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
The lookout can be reserved up to 180 days in advance. Changes in scheduled reservation dates may be assessed an additional fee by the National Recreation Reservation Service.

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jun 06 2014 -
Sep 21 2014
CABIN NONELECTRIC $30.00

*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):
45.88472, -113.7175
45°53'5"N, 113°43'3"W

From Missoula, Montana, travel south on Highway 93 for approximately 90 miles to Sula. Go east on Highway 472 for about 15 miles and then south on Forest Road 5765/McCart Road for about 6 miles to the Johnson Peak Trailhead. Hike about 1.5 miles to the lookout tower.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

MCCART LOOKOUT
7338 HWY .93 S.
SULA MT 59871

Phone Number:

Information: (406)821-3201
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