Sweathouse Falls

Hamilton, Montana

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The hike to Sweathouse Falls is a moderate 1,250-foot climb along a rushing stream through a rugged, glacially carved valley. The trail gains fabulous views of the waterfalls amidst the background of Bitterroot peaks. The first half mile of the hike crosses private property. Follow the dirt road on the north side of the creek to a split. Keep right and continue to Sweathouse Quarry where a wide footpath enters the trees, and soon after, a sign marking entrance to the Bitterroot National Forest. You pass through cottonwood, ponderosa pine, grand fir, and western larch with large, glacially deposited boulders strewn about the forest. Look for evidence of avalanches and rockslides below the steep rocky slopes. Small seasonal waterfalls splash off the mossy cliffs on the south slope of the canyon that’s dotted with the remnants of charred forests.
Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

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Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

by John Kratz (Falcon Guides)

The hike to Sweathouse Falls is a moderate 1,250-foot climb along a rushing stream through a rugged, glacially carved valley. The trail gains fabulous views of the waterfalls amidst the background of Bitterroot peaks.

The first half mile of the hike crosses private property. Follow the dirt road on the north side of the creek to a split. Keep right and continue to Sweathouse Quarry where a wide footpath enters the trees, and soon after, a sign marking entrance to the Bitterroot National Forest. You pass through cottonwood, ponderosa pine, grand fir, and western larch with large, glacially deposited boulders strewn about the forest. Look for evidence of avalanches and rockslides below the steep rocky slopes. Small seasonal waterfalls splash off the mossy cliffs on the south slope of the canyon that’s dotted with the remnants of charred forests.

© 2017 John Kratz/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hamilton
Distance: 4.4
Elevation Gain: 1,245 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: May-Nov
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bitterroot National Forest, 1801 North 1st Hamilton, MT 59840; (406) 363-7100; fs.usda.gov/bitterroot/
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 68, B3; USGS Quad Gash Point
Driving Directions: Directions to Sweathouse Falls

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