Welcome Creek Trail

Lolo, Montana

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The Welcome Creek Wilderness is a little-used mountain gem located up Rock Creek. The wilderness is low elevation and heavily forested, which makes for superb wildlife habitat. The area is teeming with big game and has become home to the grizzly bear in recent years. Native American artifacts are present but hard to find. More obvious are the remnants left by the pioneers who once attempted to tame the wilds of Welcome Creek. The trail is overgrown in spots, but the untraveled feel makes up for the inconvenience. Gold mines once dotted the creek, which produced a 1.5-pound gold nugget, one of Montana’s largest.
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by Josh Mahan (Falcon Guides)

The Welcome Creek Wilderness is a little-used mountain gem located up Rock Creek. The wilderness is low elevation and heavily forested, which makes for superb wildlife habitat. The area is teeming with big game and has become home to the grizzly bear in recent years.

Native American artifacts are present but hard to find. More obvious are the remnants left by the pioneers who once attempted to tame the wilds of Welcome Creek. The trail is overgrown in spots, but the untraveled feel makes up for the inconvenience. Gold mines once dotted the creek, which produced a 1.5-pound gold nugget, one of Montana’s largest.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lolo
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Fort Missoula Building 24A, Missoula, MT 59804; (406) 329-3814; www.fs.usda.gov/lolo/
Local Maps: USGS Grizzly Point; USDAFS Lolo National Forest Map, available at the district office
Driving Directions: Directions to Welcome Creek Trail

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