Columbia Falls, MT
A climb in the North Fork of the Flathead river wildlands with spectacular views of the Kintla Massif in Glacier National Park. The hardest part of this hike is the long, long dirt road drive to the trailhead, which likely makes this a lesser-used trail. Thoma Lookout lies in an area between Trail Creek Road and the Canadian border, west of the North Fork Flathead Road and east of the Whitefish Range. The period of time this trail is passable is determined by the amount of last winter’s snowfall, but hikers should wait at least until July. The trail is not heavily used at any time, although hunters use it in the fall.Grizzly bears frequent the area but have not been a problem to day hikers. This part of the North Fork of the Flathead is reported to have one of the densest grizzly concentrations in the state, so you would be wise to keep alert along the trail. Deer and elk are also present, but probably not as conspicuous as the wilderness traveler would like.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Columbia Falls|
|Elevation Gain||1,800 ft|
|Season||July through August|
|Trailhead Elevation||5,500 ft|
|Top Elevation||7,300 ft|
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