Palisade Lake

Missoula, Montana

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This is a backpacking trip through mixed old-growth forest with scenic views of the Swan and South Fork of the Flathead River Valleys. In contrast with most hiking in the rugged Swan Range, the trail up Lion Creek climbs gradually from the Swan Valley to the large basin beneath the Swan Divide. From the trailhead Trail 25 descends and crosses the creek on a bridge and then ascends gently through an open forest of old ponderosa pine and larch trees. At 0.8 mile a trail enters from the left, an extension to the Van Lake Road; stay right (east) on the main trail. The trail leaves the main Swan Valley, climbing rocky benches sprinkled with a few old ponderosa pines. After a short drop an outfitter trail enters from the right; stay left, continuing east on Trail 25.
Hiking Montana

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Hiking Montana

by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)

This is a backpacking trip through mixed old-growth forest with scenic views of the Swan and South Fork of the Flathead River Valleys.

In contrast with most hiking in the rugged Swan Range, the trail up Lion Creek climbs gradually from the Swan Valley to the large basin beneath the Swan Divide. From the trailhead Trail 25 descends and crosses the creek on a bridge and then ascends gently through an open forest of old ponderosa pine and larch trees. At 0.8 mile a trail enters from the left, an extension to the Van Lake Road; stay right (east) on the main trail. The trail leaves the main Swan Valley, climbing rocky benches sprinkled with a few old ponderosa pines. After a short drop an outfitter trail enters from the right; stay left, continuing east on Trail 25.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 22
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1
Season: July through September
Local Contacts: Flathead National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Swan Peak and Sunburst Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Palisade Lake

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