Youngs Creek

Ovando, Montana

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This major trunk trail follows Youngs Creek, a small river that drains the entire southwestern corner of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The trail was originally blazed by tribes of Salish and Blackfoot Indians, who used the route to access the basin of the Flathead River’s south fork. Though mostly a forest trek, there are meadows scattered along the route and occasional mountain views. All stream fords are challenging ones, and should not be attempted by inexperienced travelers before midsummer. Even during late summer, the crossings are challenging and may be rendered impassable by heavy rains. The Youngs Creek valley receives heavy hunting pressure starting in mid-September, and hikers may wish to avoid it during the autumn.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This major trunk trail follows Youngs Creek, a small river that drains the entire southwestern corner of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The trail was originally blazed by tribes of Salish and Blackfoot Indians, who used the route to access the basin of the Flathead River’s south fork. Though mostly a forest trek, there are meadows scattered along the route and occasional mountain views. All stream fords are challenging ones, and should not be attempted by inexperienced travelers before midsummer. Even during late summer, the crossings are challenging and may be rendered impassable by heavy rains. The Youngs Creek valley receives heavy hunting pressure starting in mid-September, and hikers may wish to avoid it during the autumn.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Ovando
Distance: 38.8
Elevation Gain: 2,981 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Extended backcountry route
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,800 feet
Top Elevation: 6,990 feet
Local Contacts: Bob Marshall Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Pilot Peak, Una Mountain, Crimson Peak, Morrell Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Youngs Creek

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Apr 2018