Ascent of Apgar Lookout on 2016-09-16
|Others in Party:||Ashley|
|Date:||Friday, September 16, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5236 ft / 1595 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDay 1: GNP Apgar Lookout
We got to the park, and drove immediately to the Apgar Lookout Trail head, wanting to get a good hike in, considering it was almost 2pm. Lots of cars in the parking area, maybe 15. The trail to the lookout switchbacks through a recently burnt forest, and most of the new vegetation is less than 10 feet tall, making for pretty good views most of the way. We saw a bunch of hikers on the trail, including one ranger led group with about 10 middle-aged and older hikers. At the lookout, there were only two other hikers left when we got there. we took about 30 minutes at the lookout, taking pictures and chatting with the other hikers. The view of Lake Mcdonald and surrounding mountains is beautiful from here. On the way down, we only saw a ranger on her way up, and she told us that a Grizzly and cub were spotted near the lookout this morning. We didn't see anything, however. the Hike down was uneventful, and quite easy. The trail never gets steep and is always relatively flat with very few rocks. After we got back to the car, we stopped at the Quarter circle bridge to go swimming. The water in the middle fork, however, was incredibly cold and fast moving, and I was the only one who went under. We found out later, after we changed, that the water on the other side of the bridge, from the Lake Mcdonald Creek, was about 20 degrees warmer.
*The view here is great, but the three other summits I made it to (Oberlin, Stanton, and Angel Wing) were all significantly more impressive. But if you don't like to wander off the trail, this is still a great hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1991 ft / 606 m|
| Extra Gain:||55 ft / 16 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7.3 mi / 11.7 km|
| Route:||Apgar Lookout Trail|
| Trailhead:||Apgar Lookout Trailhead 3355 ft / 1022 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Time:||1 Hours 27 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours 8 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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