Big Creek Trail

Lolo, Montana 59847

Big Creek Trail

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"The Big Creek Trail (11) is in the biggest drainage in the Bitterroot Range. The broad valley is blanketed in thick cedar and fir forest; its boulder-choked stream is lined with lush shrubs.

This hike takes you into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness boundary and is home to a wide variety of wilderness species. Pileated woodpeckers, goshawks, lynx, and gray wolves roam this canyon, along with a host of other wildlife. The hike leads you through dense canopy to the pack bridge over the creek, with options to extend the journey."

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"Big Creek Trail is a popular hiking, fishing, and horsepacking trail to Big Creek Lake, the largest alpine lake in the Bitterroots. Big Creek flows down one of the widest drainages in this mountain range. The trail follows the creek for nine miles up to Big Creek Lake and dam at an elevation of 5,865 feet, gaining over 2,000 feet in elevation. This hike includes the first two miles of the trail to several white sand beaches near wide, slow moving sections of Big Creek. These streamside beaches are great locations for a picnic or for soaking your feet in the cool water."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Stevensville Ranger District, 88 Main St., Stevensville, MT 59870; (406) 7775461;
Local Contacts
USGS Victor; USDAFS Bitterroot National Forest, available at the Stevensville Ranger Station.
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