Trapper Creek Trail

Bitterroot National Forest, Montana 59829

Elevation Gain1,893ft
Trailhead Elevation4,618ft
Elevation Min/Max4610/6079ft
Elevation Start/End4618/4618ft

Trapper Creek Trail

Trapper Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Ravalli County, Montana. It is within Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area and Bitterroot National Forest. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 4,618 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,893 feet.

Trapper Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Trapper Creek Falls is located about 2 miles north of Trapper Peak, the highest mountain in the Bitterroots.

Numerous scrambles over deadfall and a ford that requires good river shoes at high water are an added challenge on this lightly used trail. Majestic views of craggy ridges and cool, healthy forests give you beautiful scenery to enjoy the entire hike. The rugged access makes this seldom-seen waterfall a good place to find solitude in the mountains."

"This route provides a short out-and-back day hike through a heavily forested canyon and alongside a mountain stream with numerous pools, riffles, and stair-step cascades. Notable for its multiple stream crossings—there are four within one 2-mile stretch— the trail lacks a specific destination and is somewhat more challenging than most other streamside retreats in the Bitterroots. Not to worry—the trail provides a fine outing regardless of your turnaround point.

Mill Creek is just one of the deeply glaciated canyons penetrating the Bitterroots’ eastern ramparts. The drainage offers a selection of possible destinations, including several secluded mountain lakes accessible only via unkempt foot trails. Scenery tends to improve the farther upstream you travel, with Heinrich and Lockwood lakes being prime examples of the trend. From its forested beginnings, the trail retreats upstream and crosses several irrigation ditches before entering the canyon mouth beyond. A log foot-bridge with handrail spans the watercourse at 0.6 mile. As it continues west, the trail files through heavy timber and saunters below soaring cliffs."

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Trail Information

Bitterroot National Forest
Nearby City
Bitterroot National Forest
Lolo National Forest, 24 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804; (406) 329-3750;
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 68, F3; USGS Quad Trapper Peak
Local Maps

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Jul 2018