Tin Cup Creek Trail

Bitterroot National Forest, Idaho

Distance18.3mi
Elevation Gain8,135ft
Trailhead Elevation4,299ft
Top8,159ft
Elevation Min/Max4299/8159ft
Elevation Start/End4299/4299ft

Tin Cup Creek Trail

Tin Cup Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Montana and Idaho. It is within Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area and Bitterroot National Forest. It is 18.3 miles long and begins at 4,299 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 36.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 8,135 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.

Tin Cup Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A long hike to a large, trout-filled subalpine lake deep in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness"

"This trail provides access to Tin Cup Lake, a huge blue body nestled below the Bitterroot Divide, and serves as an entryway into the immense White Cap Creek drainage.

The drainage—perhaps most notable as having the deepest canyon in the Bitterroot Range—is also among the more scenic choices beyond its lowermost several miles. The long-abandoned Kerlee Lake Trail (501) offers a challenging side trip to a pair of subalpine lakes in a splendid isolated setting."

"A large, trout-filled subalpine lake deep in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The jagged peaks of this portion of the Bitterroots are the highest mountains in the entire range, which stretches more than 300 miles along Montana’s western border. This hike will take you in to see some of the more interesting peaks of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, such as El Capitan, the Lonesome Bachelor, and the Como Peaks."

Tin Cup Creek Trail Reviews

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9/15/2009
A long, strenuous hike to do in a day but we managed it! There are lots of black bears in the area so be careful with your dogs. We saw one right off the side of the trail eating a carcass! Beautiful 360 degree views from the top. Bring a lot of water for a hot day as there is not much along the trail.
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8/6/2009
This trail is death in trail form. this trail sucks my friends and i hiked for ever and ever and went into idaho and never found the lake...the lake probably doesn't even exist. Because idaho probably made it and just wants to kill people but i bid you forwarning be very careful of the Zombies!!!!
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8/1/2008
Great hike close to Missoula. Not a lot of water for the dogs once you leave the valley. More than 5 lakes at the tope.
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8/2/2005
We were going to hike this trail, but locals we met on the Big Creek trail prior to the fork recommended against even day hiking it. We were told it was impassable, even for a day hiker, due to avalanches and blowdowns. The one local who thought it might be passable had not hiked it in a few years, but warned that the trail was very marshy, muddy and buggy with a lot of trees to climb over.
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Trail Information

Bitterroot National Forest
Nearby City
Bitterroot National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Bitterroot National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Como Peaks, Trapper Peak, and Tin Cup Lake
Local Maps

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Oct 2018