Elk Ridge

Swan Lake, Montana

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This route is very primitive indeed. It follows the bed of an old trail, no longer maintained, to a former fire lookout on Pot Mountain. Contrary to some maps, no trail ever existed beyond this point, and it is a tough scramble over some extremely steep pitches to reach the pass into Dolly Varden Creek. This latter part of the route is quite dangerous and should be attempted only by experts that possess some rock climbing skills. The scenery along this ridgeline route is breathtaking, featuring excellent views of Silvertip and Pentagon Mountains, as well as seldom-seen Pot and Shadow lakes.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This route is very primitive indeed. It follows the bed of an old trail, no longer maintained, to a former fire lookout on Pot Mountain. Contrary to some maps, no trail ever existed beyond this point, and it is a tough scramble over some extremely steep pitches to reach the pass into Dolly Varden Creek.

This latter part of the route is quite dangerous and should be attempted only by experts that possess some rock climbing skills. The scenery along this ridgeline route is breathtaking, featuring excellent views of Silvertip and Pentagon Mountains, as well as seldom-seen Pot and Shadow lakes.

©  Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Swan Lake
Distance: 23.6
Elevation Gain: 4,378 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,300 feet
Top Elevation: 7,720 feet
Local Contacts: Flathead National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Whitcomb Peak, Trilobite Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Elk Ridge

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