Swan Crest

Missoula, Montana

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A ridgeline backpacking trip (or long, hard day hike) with outstanding panoramic views of northwestern Montana and Flathead Lake. This backpacking route is not for beginners or small children. (You may, however, consider an easier and popular option of hiking only to Strawberry Lake.) You can cover this route (and 3,500-foot elevation gain) in two days, but to really enjoy the scenery on this high-altitude hike, allow three days. Although the trail is remote and primitive, it’s well maintained and easy to follow.There is a fair chance of spotting elk or deer, and a great variety of wildflowers will greet you in summer, particularly in mid-July. Snow may block this trail until early July.The main attraction is the views. There is water at many places along the trail, but there are also some dry stretches on the northern half of this hike. Mosquitoes can be a problem early in the season, but they seem less severe than in many areas.
Hiking Montana

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Hiking Montana

by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A ridgeline backpacking trip (or long, hard day hike) with outstanding panoramic views of northwestern Montana and Flathead Lake. This backpacking route is not for beginners or small children. (You may, however, consider an easier and popular option of hiking only to Strawberry Lake.) You can
cover this route (and 3,500-foot elevation gain) in two days, but to really enjoy the scenery on this high-altitude hike, allow three days.

Although the trail is remote and primitive, it’s well maintained and easy to follow.There is a fair chance of spotting elk or deer, and a great variety of wildflowers will greet you in summer, particularly in mid-July. Snow may block this trail until early July.The main attraction is the views.
There is water at many places along the trail, but there are also some dry stretches on the northern half of this hike. Mosquitoes can be a problem early in the season, but they seem less severe than in many areas.

©  Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 20.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3
Season: July through September
Local Contacts: Flathead National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Doris Mountain, Jewel Basin, and Hash Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Swan Crest

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