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.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at The Lookout
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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 :)
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!!
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.