Bear Creek Trail to Bear Creek Falls

Missoula, Montana 59804

Bear Creek Trail to Bear Creek Falls

Bear Creek Trail to Bear Creek Falls Professional Guide

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"The Bear Creek Trail is a long trail that branches into three drainages which emerge from the Bitterroots—the South Fork, Middle Fork, and North Fork. This hike follows the lower main drainage to a gorgeous waterfall a half mile shy of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The easy, well-defined path lies nestled between the forest, the steep canyon walls, and the creek, making a gradual ascent. The hike leads past pools in the smooth rock to Bear Creek Falls, which forms whirlpools, cascades, and water slides over a series of boulders. Terraced rock slabs offer flat areas for picnicking, sunbathing, and viewing the rocky cliffs. For a longer hike, trails continue up the three drainages to high alpine lakes atop the Bitterroot Range on the Montana-Idaho border"

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"The Bear Creek Trail (5) is one of the most scenic hiking trails in the Bitterroot Mountains. The creek erupts into a series of waterfalls at 1.4 miles. Granite slabs serve as platforms and form a bedrock meadow next to the creek, allowing access to the cataracts. Pinnacle-topped canyon walls pop up above the creek. Big pools, good for swimming in late summer, punctuate calm spots in the whitewater chaos. Go 0.2 mile upstream from the bedrock meadow to find a more secluded falls and pool." Read more

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1.5 hours
U.S.G.S. Victor & Gash Point
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Dec 2018