Holland Falls National Recreation Trail

Swan Valley, Montana

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The Swan Mountains north of Missoula are a quintessential Montana mountain range. Holland Falls, thundering just above Holland Lake, is one of the natural features that define the state. This hike traces a route on the lakeshore and then winds up to the impressive falls. Pyramid-shaped Carmine Peak is a commanding presence above. The view of the Mission Mountains, Holland Lake, and Holland Falls—all from a natural boulder field platform—is unique. In fall, larch and birch trees add brilliant color to the scene. The waterfall is particularly powerful in spring. Holland Falls National Recreation Trail is on the edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. While a walk into the “the Bob” is an expedition-worthy endeavor, hikers can get a taste of this massive wilderness where Holland Falls rushes into Holland Lake.
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by Josh Mahan (Falcon Guides)

The Swan Mountains north of Missoula are a quintessential Montana mountain range. Holland Falls, thundering just above Holland Lake, is one of the natural features that define the state. This hike traces a route on the lakeshore and then winds up to the impressive falls. Pyramid-shaped Carmine Peak is a commanding presence above. The view of the Mission Mountains, Holland Lake, and Holland Falls—all from a natural boulder field platform—is unique. In fall, larch and birch trees add brilliant color to the scene. The waterfall is particularly powerful in spring.

Holland Falls National Recreation Trail is on the edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. While a walk into the “the Bob” is an expedition-worthy endeavor, hikers can get a taste of this massive wilderness where Holland Falls rushes into Holland Lake.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Swan Valley
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Swan Lake Ranger District, 200 Ranger Station Rd., Big Fork, MT 59911; (406) 8377500; www.fs.usda.gov/main/flathead/home
Local Maps: USGS Holland Lake; USDAFS Flathead National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Holland Falls National Recreation Trail

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