Monture Falls

Missoula, Montana

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Monture Falls is a small but pretty cascade where you’ll certainly find space and seclusion. The mostly flat and easy Monture Creek Trail is especially popular with backpackers and equestrians accessing the southern portion of the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the headwaters of the South Fork Flathead River. You enter a broad valley east of the creek on a wide trail worn by heavy equestrian use. Cross Spread Creek either by wading or using a large stick to guide yourself over a narrow log. Continue ahead on Monture Creek Trail through a rare forest of primarily western larch trees that are present in all shapes and sizes—from tiny new saplings to century-old giants almost 200 feet tall. You reach the edge of a scree slope to the east that gives you open views of rocky crags.
Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

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Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

by John Kratz (Falcon Guides)

Monture Falls is a small but pretty cascade where you’ll certainly find space and seclusion. The mostly flat and easy Monture Creek Trail is especially popular with backpackers and equestrians accessing the southern portion of the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the headwaters of the South Fork Flathead River.

You enter a broad valley east of the creek on a wide trail worn by heavy equestrian use. Cross Spread Creek either by wading or using a large stick to guide yourself over a narrow log. Continue ahead on Monture Creek Trail through a rare forest of primarily western larch trees that are present in all shapes and sizes—from tiny new saplings to century-old giants almost 200 feet tall. You reach the edge of a scree slope to the east that gives you open views of rocky crags.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 20.6
Elevation Gain: 1,010 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 10-12 hours
Season: June-Nov
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest, 24 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804; (406)329-3750; fs.usda.gov/lolo
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 55, B9; USGS Quad Hahn Creek Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Monture Falls

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