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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Trail Information

Hamilton
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.4
Distance
1,245 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
May-Nov
Season
Waterfalls
Features
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
Local Maps