Hipcamp host Marcy
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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 Continue reading...

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
Forest
Beach
Cave
Desert
Hot spring
Lake
Redwoods
River, stream or creek
Swimming hole
Waterfall
Biking
Hiking
Climbing
Wildlife watching
Boating
Fishing
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
OHV
Snow sports
Surfing
Swimming
Whitewater paddling

The vibe at The Lookout

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