This short hike gets you to an elevation of 7700 feet (2346 m) and a fantastic lookout West over the Rocky Mountain Trench towards the Purcell mountain range and East into the Rocky Mountains.
From the parking lot, the trail up is very straightforward. The trail can be quite steep in sections and very dry. Bring lots of water! If you time it right, huckleberries can be found lining the trail.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- A steep 2.3 km hike to the lookout
- An elevation gain of 480 m (1570 ft.)
- 4WD access road (7.4km) last km of road is VERY rough.
- Expect 1-1.5 hours hike to reach the lookout.
- Head north on HWY 3. Take hwy 95 at the junction (following signs for Fort Steele)
- Shortly after the fort, take your first right onto Wardner Fort Steele Rd. You will take the first left onto Wild Horse River Road. (note: turnoff is atop a hill just before crossing the large Wild Horse River bridge)
- Just after 4.5km take the right fork uphill at a switchback.
- Continue following this road until the 7km mark. Here, a left fork is marked for Lakit Lookout.
- From here, the further you travel, the more severe the road conditions become. The trailhead is 7.4km from the turnoff.