Saint Marys Peak Trail

Bitterroot National Forest, Montana 59870

Elevation Gain2,555ft
Trailhead Elevation6,862ft
Elevation Min/Max6862/9343ft
Elevation Start/End6862/6862ft

Saint Marys Peak Trail

Saint Marys Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Ravalli County, Montana. It is within Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area and Bitterroot National Forest. It is three miles long and begins at 6,862 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,555 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms. The trail ends near Saint Mary Peak (elevation 9,321 feet).

Saint Marys Peak Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Saint Mary Peak rises dramatically from forested foothills west of Stevensville, where Father Pierre Jean De Smet and his followers founded Montana’s oldest settlement at the Saint Mary’s Mission in 1841.

A moderate climb to the lookout at its crest draws hundreds of visitors each summer to a timeless scene first enjoyed by Catholic missionaries more than 170 years ago. Late September is perhaps the best time to visit the peak, when the mountain air is free of haze and the alpine larch are ablaze in full autumn regalia."

Saint Marys Peak Trail Reviews

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The author's description is pretty accurate. I would emphasize that this trail is NOT maintained, and in a couple of sections water flows along the trail and at places, the trail is not easy to find/follow. There are also a lot of downed trees, making it necessary to go around some of the larger ones in spots. The distance is accurate, and it took me about 4 hours up and 2.5 down. Up would have gone much faster if the trail was easier to find in a couple of spots (I lost it twice and had to bushwack for a while). The massive rock wall that creates a natural dam is impressive and the cold lake at the end is refreshing.

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Trail Information

Bitterroot National Forest
Nearby City
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area
Lolo National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute series: Saint Mary Peak, MT
Local Maps

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Jul 2018