• A family walks along upper Rock Creek overlooking the Pintlers. Photo by James Chapman

Western Montana Walks

Photo by James Chapman
Western Montana

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Monday, May 15

South Fork Lolo Creek

Location: Lolo
Miles/Difficulty: 7 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Adam Merlino and Joshua Akins

This walk goes through the proposed South Fork Lolo Creek Wilderness addition and to the northern end of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. It begins with a gentle streamside ascent along the beautiful and wild South Fork of Lolo Creek and ends with a rock overlook of the creek, with a view toward the upper reaches of Lantern Ridge and Bass Peak.

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Saturday, June 10

South Fork Lolo Creek

Location: Lolo
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Steve Seninger and Daphne Herling

This walk goes through the proposed South Fork Lolo Creek Wilderness addition to and to the northern end of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The hike begins with a gentle streamside ascent along the beautiful and wild South Fork of Lolo Creek and ends with a rock overlook of the creek with a view toward the upper reaches of Lantern Ridge and Bass Peak.

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Saturday, June 17

Bass Creek

Location: Florence
Miles/Difficulty: 10 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Adam Merlino and Joshua Atkins

Join us on an adventure to Bass Creek in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, along the way stopping at a waterfall and doing some backpack fishing.

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Sunday, June 24

Sunday Mountain

Location: Seeley Lake
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Lee Boman and Gene Schade

Come hike what may be the quickest route to the crest of the Swan Range, a landscape that would be added to the Bob Marshall Wilderness with passage of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. In terms of views and wildflowers, it may also be the most vivid ways to appreciate the Swan Range and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

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Sunday, July 9

Kid Lake

Location: Missoula
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Chris Ryan and Pat Ryan

Learn about the history of the Great Burn and discuss opportunities for keeping the area wild for future generations with a hike to a beautiful subalpine lake on the Montana-Idaho state line in the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness Area.

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Saturday, July 15

Blodgett Canyon Waterfall

Location: Hamilton
Miles/Difficulty: 8 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Adam Merlino and Joshua Akins

Blodgett Canyon is nestled in the Bitterroot Mountains, where some excellent hiking, fishing, and backpacking can be found almost anytime of the year. This hike features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels.

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Sunday, July 16

Great Burn

Location: Missoula
Miles/Difficulty: 10 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Nick Littman and Nick Triolo

Run the ridgelines of the Great Burn. This self-supported trail run will traverse the scenic high country of the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness along the state line before looping down to the Heart Lake Trailhead. There will be an option for a five-mile add-on down to Goose Lake and back.

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Thursday, July 27

Cedar Cathedral Fire

Location: Alberton
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Moderate
Leaders: Bert Lindler and Jay Gore

Hike up the West Fork of Fish Creek in the Great Burn Recommended Wilderness, which burned in 2015. Witness the recovery after the fire and and conclude your walk among a grove of giant cedar trees spared by this fire and many previous ones.

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Saturday, July 29

Saint Mary Peak

Location: Stevensville
Miles/Difficulty: 7 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Shawn McKinney and Julee Shamhart

Join the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation for a hike up to the crest of the Bitterroot Range to explore the ecology of amazing whitebark ecosystems. Discussion on ecological interactions, threats, and efforts to restore whitebark ecosystems will take place. The views are worth the elevation gain.
If interested, the group will split with one group doing a shorter hike with less elevation gain.

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Saturday, August 5 - Sunday, August 6

Dome Shaped Mountain

Location: Stevensville
Miles/Difficulty: 20 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Adam Merlino and Joshua Akins

Join this great ridgeline hike in the Bitterroot National Forest. Hike from Gold Creek camp to Dome Shaped Mountain and back.

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Saturday, September 9

Kootenai Creek

Location: Florence
Miles/Difficulty: 8 miles/Moderately Strenuous
Leaders: Mary Langenderfer and Marilyn Wolff

This is a classic Bitterroot Mountain canyon with spectacular scenery, including a raging creek, moss-covered walls, and rocky, steep cliffs, which can be enjoyed all year long.

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Saturday, September 9

MaClay Flats

Location: Missoula
Miles/Difficulty: 1.5 miles/Easy
Leaders: Julie Ellison and Katy Koster

Join a scavenger hunt for nature's treasure along the trail to the Bitterroot River. Fall is in the air, and many treasures still abound in nature. This hike is not about the destination but about slowing down to notice all the little details that make nature diverse and amazing. The trail is wheelchair accessible, flat, and circular.

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Saturday, September 9

Heart Lake

Location: Superior
Miles/Difficulty: 4.5 miles/Moderate
Leader: Steve Schombel

This short leads to one of the most beautiful lakes in the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness Area. Surrounded by high ridges and rocky peaks, Heart Lake, our turnaround point, is a great place to relax and have lunch.

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Saturday, September 9

Hoodoo Pass to Heart Lake

Location: Superior
Miles/Difficulty: 10 miles/Extremely Strenuous
Leaders: Chuck Irestone and Peter Lessica

Starting at Hoodoo Pass on the Stateline Trail, hike past Dalton, Pearl, and Heart Lakes and finish at the Heart Lake Trailhead. A local wildflower expert will point out and discuss the late season wildflowers abundant along the route.

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Saturday, September 9

Sunday Mountain

Location: Seeley Lake
Miles/Difficulty: 6 miles/Strenuous
Leaders: Lee Boman and Gene Schade

Come hike what may be the quickest route to the crest of the Swan Range, a landscape that would be added to the Bob Marshall Wilderness with passage of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. In terms of views and wildflowers, it may also be the most vivid ways to appreciate the Swan Range and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

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Saturday, September 9

Clearwater Lake

Location: Seeley Lake
Miles/Difficulty: 2.6 miles/Easy
Leader: Patti Bartlett

Join Seeley Lake teachers and students for a guided hike to the first of six lakes in the Clearwater River Chain-of-Lakes. The views of the Swan Front or the perfectly clear yet colorful lake are unforgettable. This area is adjacent to Bob Marshall Wilderness additions proposed in the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act.

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