Nelson Lake

Conner, Montana

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Here is a lightly used and delightfully primitive trail. The route is less than 3 miles long but is more demanding than many other Bitterroot trails of comparable length, with many segments of poor tread that make for ponderous route finding on both the inbound and outbound legs of the hike. Nelson Lake is unusual among the Bitterroot backcountry lakes in the sheer volume of the dam at its outlet—in this case an enormous rockslide that predated settlement of the Bitterroot Valley by centuries.
Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

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Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

by Scott Steinberg (Falcon Guides)

Here is a lightly used and delightfully primitive trail. The route is less than 3 miles long but is more demanding than many other Bitterroot trails of comparable length, with many segments of poor tread that make for ponderous route finding on both the inbound and outbound legs of the hike.

Nelson Lake is unusual among the Bitterroot backcountry lakes in the sheer volume of the dam at its outlet—in this case an enormous rockslide that predated settlement of the Bitterroot Valley by centuries.

©  Scott Steinberg/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Conner
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6.0–7.0 hours
Season: Best from late July through September
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bitterroot National Forest
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute series: Boulder Peak, MT
Driving Directions: Directions to Nelson Lake

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