North Fork Falls

Missoula, Montana

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The trail follows the North Fork Blackfoot River into the Scapegoat Wilderness. North Fork Falls forces its way through a narrow portion of the rugged canyon. The devastation from the Canyon Creek Fire of 1988 is evident along the hike, but young forests of aspen, cottonwood, pine, and larch are starting to make a comeback. Shade is scarce, so wear sunscreen or try to take this hike on cooler day. While certainly doable in a full day of hiking, many hikers will prefer to break the distance into two days and stay a night in the backcountry. The waterfall is located in an area of vertical walls and sheer drops. A fall off the canyon rim could be fatal, so exercise extreme caution.
Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

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Hiking Waterfalls in Montana

by John Kratz (Falcon Guides)

The trail follows the North Fork Blackfoot River into the Scapegoat Wilderness. North Fork Falls forces its way through a narrow portion of the rugged canyon. The devastation from the Canyon Creek Fire of 1988 is evident along the hike, but young forests of aspen, cottonwood, pine, and larch are starting to make a comeback. Shade is scarce, so wear sunscreen or try to take this hike on cooler day.

While certainly doable in a full day of hiking, many hikers will prefer to break the distance into two days and stay a night in the backcountry. The waterfall is located in an area of vertical walls and sheer drops. A fall off the canyon rim could be fatal, so exercise extreme caution.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 14.2
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 10-12 hours
Season: May-Oct
Additional Use: Camping
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 56, B1; USGS Quad Lake Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Falls

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