Danaher Valley

Seeley Lake, Montana

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The Danaher Valley is known for its expanses of grassy meadows that allow sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Flathead Indians often passed through this country on their way to hunt the buffalo on the high plains. Later, this valley was the site of the only homesteading activity on the western side of the wilderness, a small ranch established by the Danaher family near Bar Creek. This early attempt at ranching withered because of its long distance from markets. Today, the Danaher Valley is a popular haven for elk hunters, and spike camps spring up like weeds from mid-September through October. But there is always a special magic here heard in the lonely wail of the coyote on the moonlit prairies and in the autumn bugles of elk in the surrounding hills.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

The Danaher Valley is known for its expanses of grassy meadows that allow sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Flathead Indians often passed through this country on their way to hunt the buffalo on the high plains. Later, this valley was the site of the only homesteading activity on the western side of the wilderness, a small ranch established by the Danaher family near Bar Creek. This early attempt at ranching withered because of its long distance from markets. Today, the Danaher Valley is a popular haven for elk hunters, and spike camps spring up like weeds from mid-September through October. But there is always a special magic here heard in the lonely wail of the coyote on the moonlit prairies and in the autumn bugles of elk in the surrounding hills.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Seeley Lake
Distance: 16.8
Elevation Gain: 870 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Extended backcountry route
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,700 feet
Top Elevation: 5,370 feet
Local Contacts: Bob Marshall Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Pilot Peak, Trap Mountain, Danaher Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Danaher Valley

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Apr 2018