Hipcamp host Marcy J.
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Perched up near the top of Dean Stone Mountain in Missoula, Montana, the Lookout is a rustic campsite with amazing views of the Missoula valley in one direction and National Forest just past our land in the opposite direction (we have 5 acres of forested land, most of which is on a significant incline.) The Lookout offers one campsite per night to provide peace and privacy for

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Perched up near the top of Dean Stone Mountain in Missoula, Montana, the Lookout is a rustic campsite with amazing views of the Missoula valley in one direction and National Forest just past our land in the opposite direction (we have 5 acres of forested land, most of which is on a significant incline.) The Lookout offers one campsite per night to provide peace and privacy for you and insure that our neighbors down the mountain can enjoy the peace and quiet that this beautiful retreat offers. It is a convenient 10 minute drive from downtown missoula to the base of Larch Camp Road. From there it's a 20-25 minute drive up the mountain. This spot is the second highest residence on the mountain so expect quite a few switchbacks to reach your destination. (The drive is not for those who are afraid of heights and you will need a good 4wd vehicle with good tires...there's a rough patch of road towards the top...and it's a one lane road.) There's a non functioning old cabin on the land, but this rental is for tent campers only.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans
No. of sites
1 bookable site
RV details
Max length 20ft
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 4 people per site
No potable water
Bring your own water
No fires
Bring your own camping stove
No toilet
Dig a cathole
Pets allowed
Off leash
No showers
Pack it out
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Marcy a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
Climbing
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at The Lookout in Montana.

Forest

The Lookout is close to the top of Dean Stone Mountain. There is only one other residence beyond ours. This is a space for camp...Read more

Places to see near The Lookout

Beavertail Hill State Park
Beavertail Hill State Park
19 miles way Explore
Placid Lake State Park
Placid Lake State Park
30 miles way Explore
Salmon Lake State Park
Salmon Lake State Park
33 miles way Explore
Lewis and Clark National Forest
Lewis and Clark National Forest
35 miles way Explore
Lolo National Forest
Lolo National Forest
35 miles way Explore
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
61 miles way Explore
Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
64 miles way Explore
Flathead Lake State Park - Finley Point Unit
Flathead Lake State Park - Finley Point ...
65 miles way Explore
Flathead Lake State Park - Big Arm Unit
Flathead Lake State Park - Big Arm Unit
70 miles way Explore
Flathead Lake State Park - Yellow Bay Unit
Flathead Lake State Park - Yellow Bay Unit
73 miles way Explore
Bitterroot National Forest
Bitterroot National Forest
74 miles way Explore
Flathead Lake State Park - West Shore Unit
Flathead Lake State Park - West Shore Unit
79 miles way Explore
Lake Mary Ronan State Park
Lake Mary Ronan State Park
79 miles way Explore
Big Hole National Battlefield
Big Hole National Battlefield
81 miles way Explore
Flathead National Forest
Flathead National Forest
84 miles way Explore
Thompson Falls State Park
Thompson Falls State Park
86 miles way Explore
Wayfarers State Park
Wayfarers State Park
86 miles way Explore
Black Sandy State Park
Black Sandy State Park
98 miles way Explore
Logan State Park
Logan State Park
98 miles way Explore

The vibe at The Lookout

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Hipcamper Anna
Anna T.
recommends this listing.
May 26th, 2018

The lookout was a great spot to camp. It’s obly half an hour from Missoula, with beautiful views of the mountains and of the city. The host, Marcy, was very kind and helpful, and all around wonderful. The road up is a little bumpy, but not too bad (maybe would avoid it if you’re afraid of heights though), and the views are amazing all the way up. Would definitely recommend staying here if you get the chance :)

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Hipcamper Natalie
Natalie P.
recommends this listing.
July 2nd, 2018

I had great time car camping up at the Lookout. Marcy was a wonderful host- she had lots of great suggestions for things to do around town, and was very thoughtful about preparing me for the journey up to the lookout. Let me tell you- this road is not for the faint at heart. I was driving my Subaru outback, with just enough clearance, and some of the switchbacks made my stomach turn. I'd highly suggest 4wd and some calming music for your way up- but its totally worth it. Also, for peace of mind, I had full cell reception up there on the hill. I'd say this is the closest you can get to backpacking (peace, distance, views, no crying babies) while still having the luxury of car camping. The view is really breathtaking, especially at night when the city is all lit up. Highly suggest!!

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Hipcamper Marcus
Marcus P.
recommends this listing.
July 12th, 2018

It’s a great site with an amazing lookout over Missoula. The drive take about 20-30 minutes from town and some of that is on rutty, exposed gravel roads. Overall it was relatively secluded and a great camping spot.

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Hipcamper Sam
Sam S.
doesn't recommend this listing.
July 17th, 2018

The view is amazing. The road up is not for the faint of heart. The site needs some upkeep and clean up- the surface is mainly rocks, and there’s a bit too much in the way of discarded building materials and a derelict snowmobile to suit my camping taste. Others may decide the view (which is amazing) makes up for some of these other drawbacks, and while I did, my wife did not. With a bit more attention this site would be amazing even with the rough drive up and down.

Hipcamper Duncan S.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2018
Property
The Lookout
State
Montana
$25/night
1 Site