Bear Creek Overlook Trail

Stevensville, Montana

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A granite slab perched on a canyon rim above Bear Creek opens up the majesty of the high Bitterroot Range. A wide swath of forest in the U-shaped valley below gives way to granite basins. Along the spine of the range, Sky Pilot Peak and Gash Point command the view. To the east you can make out the Sapphire Mountains on the far side of the Bitterroot Valley. The hike gains just over 1,000 feet as it switchbacks through forest toward a giant castle rock that towers directly above the natural viewing platform. Watch for mountain goats.
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by Josh Mahan (Falcon Guides)

A granite slab perched on a canyon rim above Bear Creek opens up the majesty of the high Bitterroot Range. A wide swath of forest in the U-shaped valley below gives way to granite basins. Along the spine of the range, Sky Pilot Peak and Gash Point command the view.

To the east you can make out the Sapphire Mountains on the far side of the Bitterroot Valley. The hike gains just over 1,000 feet as it switchbacks through forest toward a giant castle rock that towers directly above the natural viewing platform. Watch for mountain goats.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stevensville
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Stevensville Ranger District, 88 Main St., Stevensville, MT 59870; (406) 777-5461; www.fs.usda.gov/main/bitterroot/home
Local Maps: USGS Gash Point; USDAFS Bitterroot National Forest, available at the Stevensville Ranger Station
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Creek Overlook Trail

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Apr 2018