Tarn and Lookout Lake Point.

Michael Hoyt

Tarn and Lookout Lake Point.

Lookout Lake Point (8,740’) is the highest point on the long curved ridge which connects Bear Creek Pass and Whites Mountain. From the summit, along with a view of many of the Bitterroot’s highest peaks, in every direction you can see pristine backcountry lakes. To the west this includes Lookout Lake, this peak’s namesake.

The best way to reach this backcountry summit is to begin from the Bear Creek Pass Trailhead at the western end of Lost Horse Canyon and hike along the trail as it meanders south-southeast to Bear Creek Pass 2.75 miles from the trailhead.

Go off-trail at the pass and follow the ridge as it curves south and east toward Whites Mountain. Staying directly on the ridge-crest is the most difficult climbing (Class 4 in places) while traversing along the east face of the ridge on the system of wide ledges makes for a nice scramble (Class 3).

—Michael Hoyt



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