Sweathouse Falls

Hamilton, Montana 59840

Sweathouse Falls

Sweathouse Falls Professional Review and Guide

"The hike to Sweathouse Falls is a moderate 1,250-foot climb along a rushing stream through a rugged, glacially carved valley. The trail gains fabulous views of the waterfalls amidst the background of Bitterroot peaks.

The first half mile of the hike crosses private property. Follow the dirt road on the north side of the creek to a split. Keep right and continue to Sweathouse Quarry where a wide footpath enters the trees, and soon after, a sign marking entrance to the Bitterroot National Forest. You pass through cottonwood, ponderosa pine, grand fir, and western larch with large, glacially deposited boulders strewn about the forest. Look for evidence of avalanches and rockslides below the steep rocky slopes. Small seasonal waterfalls splash off the mossy cliffs on the south slope of the canyon that’s dotted with the remnants of charred forests."

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"Sweathouse Creek is one of the lesser known Bitterroots drainages."

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We hiked this trail just a few weeks ago and it was beautiful. I was especially pleased by how few people we saw along the way, which makes the wilderness experience all that more serene and pure. The terrain varies and it climbs uphill at a pretty constant pace so I would rate it as a moderate hike. This is also a good trail for dogs (especially if they love water like mine do). There are plenty of shady areas right along the creek, which is good because the sun can get pretty hot. The falls themselves are super impressive and drop about 60 feet. Be sure to look for a second waterfall that is about a quarter of a mile upstream and the water cascades over a high ledge. It is really worth it to see the second set of falls. Along the trail we spotted so many blooming wildflowers and pretty foliage (lupine, paintbrush, beargrass, etc) and butterflies, too. Great hike in the Bitterroot!

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Trail Information

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1,245 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Bitterroot National Forest, 1801 North 1st Hamilton, MT 59840; (406) 363-7100; fs.usda.gov/bitterroot/
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 68, B3; USGS Quad Gash Point
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Nov 2018