Garnet Mountain Fire Lookout sits on the apex of Garnet Mountain south of Bozeman. It is the only fire lookout for rent on the Gallatin National Forest and offers outstanding views of the surrounding mountain landscape. Access is by foot, ATV, ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile. It is a strenuous 2,800 foot elevation gain to the lookout via Trail 85. In the summer distance is between 3-4 miles depending on route chosen. In the winter it can be up to 10 miles depending on weather conditions. Water must be packed in and there is no electricity. Capacity is 4 people. There is a woodstove and the Forest Service supplies the firewood. Price is $30 per night and can be reserved from 1 to 5 nights. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance online. Last minute reservations (up to 3 nights in advance) are available by calling or going to the Bozeman Ranger Station (406) 522-2520.
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