by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)
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A phenomenal loop. I hiked the loop in 2 nights/2.5 days. Hiked to Greenwood cabins my first night to camp. The subalpine meadows along Stateline trail were sublime, although I wish I had carried another liter of water from Goose Lake. Made it to Fish Lake the second night to find it is an OHV campground...doh! But I was beat, so climbing back to Stateline wasn't an option. The stands of timber along West Fork Fish Creek were amazing! There's an incredible swimming hole on the right just before a bridge about 2 miles shy of Clearwater Crossing. Do not pass it up!! This is where I first saw people on the trail...and then I passed about a dozen horses in the next half hour. But I can't complain - I didn't see another soul on the previous 29 miles o'trail!
If you're looking for solitude in a little-used area (read: overgrown trail at times!) with beautiful scenery of all kinds, then this is the hike for you. It's close to Missoula, and you get to spend 10 miles in subalpine meadows straddling the Montana-Idaho State line in the Bitterroot. Enjoy!!
Beware - the directions to the trailhead in the Etrail are wrong! It's not 7 miles on FR343 to the right-hand turn on FR7750, it's more like 10!
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