Triple Divide Pass

Missoula, Montana

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This is a difficult day hike to a unique mountain pass. Triple Divide Peak, which hovers above Triple Divide Pass, is the only place in Montana where water flows into three oceans—Atlantic, Pacific, and Hudson Bay (Arctic Ocean), which are, appropriately, the names of the three streams flowing off the mountain. From the trailhead the Cut Bank Creek Trail stays gradually uphill all the way to the Pitamakan Pass Junction at 3.9 miles. The southern horizon is dominated by Bad Marriage Mountain, named for a Blackfeet chief, not an old ranger’s marital problems. You follow sparkling and slow-moving Cut Bank Creek all the way.
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Hiking Montana

by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)

This is a difficult day hike to a unique mountain pass.

Triple Divide Peak, which hovers above Triple Divide Pass, is the only place in Montana where water flows into three oceans—Atlantic, Pacific, and Hudson Bay (Arctic Ocean), which are, appropriately, the names of the three streams flowing off the mountain.

From the trailhead the Cut Bank Creek Trail stays gradually uphill all the way to the Pitamakan Pass Junction at 3.9 miles. The southern horizon is dominated by Bad Marriage Mountain, named for a Blackfeet chief, not an old ranger’s marital problems. You follow sparkling and slow-moving Cut Bank Creek all the way.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 14.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1
Season: July through September
Local Contacts: Glacier National Park
Local Maps: USGS Cut Bank Pass and Mt. Stimson
Driving Directions: Directions to Triple Divide Pass

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