This tour is not for everyone. Participants should be fit and adventurous. This private tour requires a minimum of 2 people.
The hike begins along a trail maintained by Alaska Guide Co traveling a mile and a half through the brush with a mostly moderate incline. The trail then turns to a steep hike/scramble up to the alpine. If it has been raining recently the trail may be slick. Some portions of this section have rope assistance. Once in the alpine the route wraps around the mountain making little elevation gains as you go with a couple moderate elevation gains. They are steep enough people who are afraid of heights can find it unnerving, but really aren't bad or unsafe with adequate hiking skills.
July is the best time for doing the hike if you wish to catch the wildflowers in bloom.
This tour may be extended by adding additional nights at Glacier Lookout. Additional activities such as hikes, West Peak summits, and rock climbing may also be included in this tour when staying more than one night. Please inquire if you are interested in extending this tour.
The records for hiking Glacier Lookout are 2.5 hours in and 1hour 7 mins out. Most people will take roughly 6-7 hours to hike in and 4.5 hours to hike out. The hike is roughly 5 miles and has an elevation difference of 3,600 ft.
If your guide becomes concerned about your abilities and safety, they will determine the most practical way to get you off the mountain. If participants are not able to complete the hike refunds are not an option as you are reserving Glacier Lookout. If you are needing a helicopter extraction, we can help arrange that, but you will need to cover the expenses with the helicopter company. We have only had 1 group not be able to complete this tour because their party leader did not fully disclose to their friends what the hike involved, and they were under prepared. Have EVERYONE in your party read this description before committing to this tour.