Deadman Point

Missoula, Montana 59803

Deadman Point

Deadman Point Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Deadman Point is a rounded grassy knoll at the south edge of the Blue Mountain Recreation Area. The trail heads south in a lodgepole pine forest, crosses Hayes Creek on a footbridge, and climbs to the 4,005-foot knoll. From the summit are panoramic 360-degree views of the Missoula Valley, the Bitterroot River, and the Sapphire and Bitterroot Mountains."

Deadman Point Trip Reports

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Great moderate hike/backpack into Montana's beautiful Bitterroot Mountains. This trail is described as "heavily used", but that is a relative term. My wife and I found the trail fairly heavily overgrown and it was difficult to see our feet in some places.

We hiked to the North Kootenai Lake - about 11 miles from the trailhead. The first three miles to the wilderness boundary was fairly easy, but increased in difficulty from there on. The USGS topo map that I bought was outdated. It shows the trail crossing Kootenai Creek two times at lower elevations. Actually the trail went up the north ridge, and only requires crossing once near a great waterfall.

There are many opportunities to pump water from the creek or springs along the trail.

Once you reach the scree field, you have 2 hours to the North Lake. An hour after the scree field you come to a fork - left (S. Fork trail), to the Middle and South Lakes, right for the North. It's about a mile from the fork to the North Lake campsite, (and there is only one place to camp on the north side of the lake), and I believe it's shorter to the Middle Lake. We did not take the S. Fork trail so can't speak to the difficulty or distance.

Be prepared for mosquitos - they were nearly overwhelming, especially in the evening.

Great wilderness trip!
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I particularly like this trail because of fond memories. It is a nice trail along a cascading mountain stream, nothing spectacular but a worthy hike if you are in the Biterroot Valley and are looking for a good out-and-back dayhike.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
2.5 hours
U.S.G.S. Blue Mountain / Southwest Missoula
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