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West Fork Butte Lookout

2 Reviews

About This Campground

West Fork Butte Lookout is an ideal place for guests to experience the mountains south of Missoula from a unique vantage point. The facility provides near-360-degree views of the surrounding area. It is equipped with basic supplies and provides guests a base camp location from which to explore the…

Features

For Campers

  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

For Vehicles

    Access

    • Drive In
      Park next to your campsite
    • Hike In
      Hike a trail to your campsite

    Reviews

    2 Reviews of West Fork Butte Lookout

    Ratings Breakdown

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    Amy D.The Dyrt PRO User
    Reviewed Feb. 15, 2021

    One of the best camping experiences you'll ever have

    The closest you can get to overlanding without... overlanding. Remote cabin is just enough to stay warm and dry at the top of the world. Stayed in June and needed to keep the fire going all night for warmth. At the time there was plenty of roughly pre-cut firewood on site, but bring your axe as the…

    Megan K.The Dyrt PRO User
    Reviewed Nov. 1, 2020

    Amazing views

    This is my favorite lookout that I have been to so far. The price was very cheep for what you get and they stay open late into the fall season, however you have to be equipped to handle snow. we only saw some deer which were still fun to observe.

    When we went it was a winter retreat for us and we…

    Location

    West Fork Butte Lookout is located in Montana

    Directions

    From Missoula, travel south on Highway 93 to Lolo. Turn onto Highway 12 and continue west for 17 miles, following Lolo Creek to Forest Road 37. Turn left onto Road 37, and cross the concrete bridge over Lolo Creek. . There are two gates along the route to the lookout. The first is located near the beginning of Forest Road 37 not far from the concrete bridge over Lolo Creek. This gate is open during the summer months, closed in the winter and variable during the spring and fall. The second gate is located roughly 7 miles from the intersection of Forest Road 37 and Highway 12. This gate is always closed and has a lock with the same combination as the lookout. After crossing the concrete bridge over Lolo Creek, continue past the old buildings. The road turns sharply to the left and begins to climb out of the drainage bottom. The first gate is located just after the road turns to the left. Follow Forest Road 37 for approximately 7 miles to the second intersection. Turn a sharp left, open the locked gate using the combination provided by the Missoula Ranger Station and travel through . Close the gate behind you and follow the road a half mile to the lookout. During the winter and early spring months the gate near the beginning of Forest Road 37 is closed and locked to provide skiing and snowmobiling opportunities and to protect roadbed surfaces during spring break-up conditions. When the gate is locked, visitors can park at the parking area below the gate, and follow the route via snowmobile, skis or foot 7.5 miles to the lookout. Maps are available online or for purchase by calling the Missoula Ranger District.

    Coordinates

    46.7336118 N
    114.4002774 W

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