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Skookum Butte

This hike is short in distance, but pretty steep, so it may take a while. The 360 degree view from the top is worth every step of the way!

photo: Skookum Butte Trail on the Missoula Ranger District. Photo by USFS- Missoula Ranger Dist.

Length: 1.70 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Missoula Ranger District, In Lolo National Forest, 34 mi. SW of Missoula, on Elk Meadow Rd., # 451, off US Hwy. 12.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Missoula
Longitude: -114.378319
Latitude: 46.666346

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Description


This trail was traveled by a
NRT Ambassador on 08/03/2019.

Skookum Butte Trail (304) is a National Recreation Trail that switchbacks up to the old lookout. It features views of Lolo Creek and the Graves Range. In the winter the Elk Meadows Road is closed to vehicle traffic for snowmobile use. Then the road becomes part of the snowmobile network.

Additional Details

Width: 12 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 14%
Maximum Grade: 37%
Elevation Low Point: 5,693
Elevation High Point: 7,202
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 943 feet

Year Designated:
1980

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Gene Thompson
Missoula Ranger District
Building 24, Ft. Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
(406) 329-3984

Information contact:
Charyl Vanderburg
Missoula Ranger District

(406) 329-3984

 

Photos

Skookum Butte Trail on the Missoula Ranger District. Photo by USFS- Missoula Ranger Dist.

Skookum Butte Trail on the Missoula Ranger District. Photo by USFS- Missoula Ranger Dist.

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