Deadman and Nicholia Creeks

Dell, Montana

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A three- or four-day backpacking trip for experienced hikers in the seldom-visited Italian Peaks proposed wilderness, just 20 miles southwest of Lima. The hike features a huge glacial cirque of Italian Peak, high on the Continental Divide. The following description starts from Deadman Lake, reached by four-wheel-drive, but you can also follow the CDT from the Nicholia Creek Trailhead. Few hikers visit this remote, isolated mountain range in the far southwestern corner of the state, but its spectacular alpine scenery is sure to make it more popular in years to come. Deadman Lake, which offers some cutthroat fishing, is a small pond lying in a steep, V-shaped valley.
Best Hikes along the Continental Divide

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Best Hikes along the Continental Divide

by Russ Schneider, editor (Falcon Guides)

A three- or four-day backpacking trip for experienced hikers in the seldom-visited Italian Peaks proposed wilderness, just 20 miles southwest of Lima. The hike features a huge glacial cirque of Italian Peak, high on the Continental Divide.

The following description starts from Deadman Lake, reached
by four-wheel-drive, but you can also follow the CDT from the Nicholia Creek Trailhead. Few hikers visit this remote, isolated mountain range in the far southwestern corner of the state, but its spectacular alpine scenery is sure to make it more popular in years to come. Deadman Lake, which offers some cutthroat fishing, is a small pond lying in a steep, V-shaped valley.

©  Russ Schneider, editor/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dell
Distance: 23
Elevation Gain: 2,760 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Local Contacts: Dillon Ranger District, Beaverhead National Forest (406) 683-3960
Local Maps: Scott Peak USGS Quad and the Beaverhead National Forest Travel Plan Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Deadman and Nicholia Creeks

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