Black Bear Creek

Swan Lake, Montana

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The Black Bear Creek Trail provides a dead-end valley bottom journey that crosses excellent bear and elk habitat to reach the wild headwaters of Black Bear Creek. From the trailhead, cross the Meadow Creek pack bridge, which spans a deep, rocky gorge bearing the South Fork of the Flathead. After several miles of forest traveling, the trail reaches an overlook point high above the South Fork. Shortly afterward, the trail forks into two channels. The right fork is a narrow, cliff-hugging path that offers firm footing for hikers. It is by far the more scenic route as well, although it is too narrow for stock parties.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

The Black Bear Creek Trail provides a dead-end valley bottom journey that crosses excellent bear and elk habitat to reach the wild headwaters of Black Bear Creek. From the trailhead, cross the Meadow Creek pack bridge, which spans a deep, rocky gorge bearing the South Fork of the Flathead.

After several miles of forest traveling, the trail reaches an overlook point high above the South Fork. Shortly afterward, the trail forks into two channels. The right fork is a narrow, cliff-hugging path that offers firm footing for hikers. It is by far the more scenic route as well, although it is too narrow for stock parties.

©  Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Swan Lake
Distance: 21.6
Elevation Gain: 1,390 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,680 feet
Local Contacts: Flathead National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Meadow Creek, Marmot Mountain, Cathedral Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Bear Creek

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