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M 24: Garnet Mountain Forest Service Lookout, Montana

by Ryan Jordan

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Article Summary:

In this installment of "24", we focused on fast food preparation and the elimination of a whole lotta gear by hiking into a U.S. Forest Service lookout cabin.

About twenty miles southwest of Bozeman, Montana lies the summit of Garnet Mountain. On top sits a beautiful fire lookout - the most popular cabin rental in the Gallatin National Forest's inventory. The two-story cabin was built in the 1960s to replace a worn-down original built in the 1930s. Panoramic views of the Gallatin, Bridger, Tobacco Root, and Spanish Peak mountain ranges reward the 2,000- to 3,000-foot hill climb.

On September 25, 2009, after the school bell rang, my friend Steve and our kids piled into the Jeep and drove to Rat Lake to start our hike and another 24-hour adventure.


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