Evelyn M.
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2018

Hornet Lookout - rustic and secluded

This retired Lookout offers views of Glacier Park, Canadian mountain ranges, and most of the Flathead National Forest - on a clear day. We spent one night in the Lookout early this summer. The hike is short but steep and very rewarding. Since it is in National Forest and not in the park, we were able to bring our dog, who had a great time chasing the two resident mule deer away from the site. There is no water available at the Lookout or by the trailhead; we filtered water from a small spring/creek that is about a half-mile from the trailhead. I’m not sure if that would be available later in the summer though.

The Lookout needs to be reserved and spots fill very quickly. The drive is fairly long but you can stop at the Polebridge bakery on the way - worth the drive in itself. Many precious guests have left small contributions to the cabin, and I would suggest doing the same to keep the tradition going. We left s’mores fixings and plenty of firewood.


  • Views from the top, albeit overcast.
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  • The exterior of the lookout, and our adorable dog.