Mill Creek

Woodside, Montana

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If Mill Creek is not as well known as some of the other Bitterroot canyons, it’s not for lack of hiking opportunities. The falls on Mill Creek, for instance, make an excellent turnaround point for day hikers, and the connecting trail into Fred Burr drainage offers a very nice point-to-point hike entirely on the Montana side of the Bitterroots. Forest along the lower reaches of Mill Creek was badly burned in 2000, so you should expect to encounter frequent downed trees on the trail in its early miles. From its forested beginnings, the trail retreats upstream and crosses several irrigation ditches before entering the canyon mouth. A log footbridge with handrail spans the watercourse just over .5 mile from the trailhead. Continuing west, the trail files through heavily burned forest set below soaring cliffs.
Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

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Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

by Scott Steinberg (Falcon Guides)

If Mill Creek is not as well known as some of the other Bitterroot canyons, it’s not for lack of hiking opportunities. The falls on Mill Creek, for instance, make an excellent turnaround point for day hikers, and the connecting trail into Fred Burr drainage offers a very nice point-to-point hike entirely on the Montana side of the Bitterroots. Forest along the lower reaches of Mill Creek was badly burned in 2000, so you should expect to encounter frequent downed trees on the trail in its early miles.

From its forested beginnings, the trail retreats upstream and crosses several irrigation ditches before entering the canyon mouth. A log footbridge with handrail spans the watercourse just over .5 mile from the trailhead. Continuing west, the trail files through heavily burned forest set below soaring cliffs.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Woodside
Distance: 21.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 10.0–12.0 hours
Season: Best from July through mid-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute series: Blodgett Mountain, ID-MT; Hamilton North, MT; and Printz Ridge, MT
Driving Directions: Directions to Mill Creek

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