Brave Bear Falls

Hamilton, Montana

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This canyon hike into the Bitterroot Mountains is very scenic and easy enough for the kids. The tall rock spires and massive, old-growth larch trees will keep you looking up constantly, and the wildflowers and tumbling cascades will keep you looking down. Brave Bear Falls is the first in a series of waterslides, cascades, and falls along Bear Creek. The first mile of the trail passes along the base of talus slopes on the south side of Bear Creek. The forest opens several times offering you glimpses of peaks and rock walls along the canyon. The trail begins to follow the creek again, passing gentle cascades and rockslides. When a few craggy peaks appear to the north, and the forest transitions to lodgepole pine, you’ll know you are close to the waterfall. Brave Bear Falls is a small double waterfall whose two channels flow down both sides of a rocky island. Grassy ledges make nice benches for a picnic.
Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

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Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

by John Kratz (Falcon Guides)

This canyon hike into the Bitterroot Mountains is very scenic and easy enough for the kids. The tall rock spires and massive, old-growth larch trees will keep you looking up constantly, and the wildflowers and tumbling cascades will keep you looking down. Brave Bear Falls is the first in a series of waterslides, cascades, and falls along Bear Creek.


The first mile of the trail passes along the base of talus slopes on the south side of Bear Creek. The forest opens several times offering you glimpses of peaks and rock walls
along the canyon. The trail begins to follow the creek again, passing gentle cascades and rockslides. When a few craggy peaks appear to the north, and the forest transitions to lodgepole pine, you’ll know you are close to the waterfall. Brave Bear Falls is a small double waterfall whose two channels flow down both sides of a rocky island. Grassy ledges
make nice benches for a picnic.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hamilton
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: 280 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours
Season: May-Nov
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-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 Brave Bear Falls

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