WEST GLACIER, MONT. – The replacement of a National Park Service communications tower and building on Apgar Mountain is taking place through early September. During this time the Apgar Lookout Trail will be open, but there will be limited access to the top of Apgar Mountain and to the Apgar Lookout. Apgar Mountain is located on the west side of Glacier National Park overlooking Lake McDonald.
The current radio communication tower and communications building are in need of replacement in order to better support park radio operations. Park employees and volunteers are demolishing the current radio tower and shelter. They will then work with a contractor to install a new radio tower and shelter. Materials will be packed in and out of the site by park horses and helicopter.
The entire trail and lookout area will be closed during demolition and on days when flights are scheduled. The lookout tower is currently barricaded and is expected to be closed to public access through early September. Please visit the park’s trail status report online at http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm for more information.
Visitors should be cautious of any debris or construction materials near the lookout. Climbing on any equipment or materials is dangerous and prohibited.
For more information about horse-back rides with Swan Mountain Outfitters or guided day hikes with Glacier Guides in the area, please visit http://www.swanmountainoutfitters.com/glacier/horseback-riding-in-glacier-national-park/#apgar or http://www.glacierguides.com/day_hiking_trips_with_glacier_guides.html.