Big Sand Lake Hidden Creek Loop

Lolo, Montana

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Tucked away in the northeast corner of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, this rugged and fun loop trip provides hikers with a fine sampling of the varied attractions of this huge preserve. The hike offers excellent wildlife-watching opportunities, especially for moose and a variety of birds. There are superb views from high ridges along the main trail and two lookouts that can be reached by relatively short side trips. You will go through many miles of old burn areas, which aren’t particularly scenic, but which are common in this wilderness and offer a good study in how nature recovers from fire. One of the trip’s main focal points, Big Sand Lake, offers both excellent scenery and fine camping. A long day hike can be made from here to the alpine glories around Blodgett Pass on the crest of the rugged Bitterroot Divide.
Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons

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Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

Tucked away in the northeast corner of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, this rugged and fun loop trip provides hikers with a fine sampling of the varied attractions of this huge
preserve. The hike offers excellent wildlife-watching opportunities, especially for moose and a variety of birds.

There are superb views from high ridges along the main trail and two lookouts that can be reached by relatively short side trips. You will go through many miles of old burn areas, which aren’t particularly scenic, but which are common in this wilderness and offer a good study in how nature recovers from fire. One of the trip’s main focal points, Big Sand Lake, offers both excellent scenery and fine camping. A long day hike can be made from here to the alpine glories around Blodgett Pass on the crest of the
rugged Bitterroot Divide.

© 2015 Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Lolo
Distance: 27
Elevation Gain: 5,450 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-5 days
Season: Usually open July-October
Local Contacts: Powell Ranger District, 208-942-3113
Local Maps: USFS Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness: North Half
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Sand Lake: Hidden Creek Loop

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Apr 2018