Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
© Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.
The trail rises sharply from the trailhead to about three-fourths the way up towards the hilltops, then generally levels off. I found it to be a tough hike on a hot summer day, particularly due to the initial climb and then the trail often sloped from side to side due to the steep gradient of the hillside which was hard on the ankles. The trail is also fairly rocky and narrow in places. The views are very rewarding however not to mention the historical value. This hike will give you great appreciation for the fortitude of the Native Americans and others who followed this trail to cross the Bitterroot Mountains. After hiking this short segment of the Lolo Trail, I have a hard time grasping how entire tribes with all of their belongings, horses etc made the entire trek.
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