Hub Lake

Missoula, Montana

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A fairly easy day hike or overnighter through beautiful subalpine country on a scale small enough to be easily enjoyed by families with small children. The Ward-Eagle Peaks area offers small doses of the medicine that gives Montana’s mountains their healing power—beautiful forests, waterfalls, wildlife, berries, interesting history, and fishing. Moreover, they are accessible to all hikers. This area is a “pocket wilderness” that, in spite of its small size, holds many scenic and recreational attractions. Despite all of these attractions, this trail receives little use. Most of western Montana’s big game species are found in this area, and if you’re alert, you’ll have a chance of seeing them. Although grizzlies are gone from the Bitterroots, a good population of black bears remains. From the trailhead follow Ward Creek Trail 262 along Ward Creek as it enters a beautiful, fern-bottomed cedar grove with some cedars over 6 feet across at the base—and a few monarchs close to 10 feet in diameter.

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"A fairly easy day hike or overnighter through beautiful subalpine country on a scale small enough to be easily enjoyed by families with small children. The Ward-Eagle Peaks area offers small doses of the medicine that gives Montana’s mountains their healing power—beautiful forests, waterfalls, wildlife, berries, interesting history, and fishing. Moreover, they are accessible to all hikers.

This area is a “pocket wilderness” that, in spite of its small size, holds many scenic and recreational attractions. Despite all of these attractions, this trail receives little use. Most of western Montana’s big game species are found in this area, and if you’re alert, you’ll have a chance of seeing them. Although grizzlies are gone from the Bitterroots, a good population of black bears remains. From the trailhead follow Ward Creek Trail 262 along Ward Creek as it enters a beautiful, fern-bottomed cedar grove with some cedars over 6 feet across at the base—and a few monarchs close to 10 feet in diameter."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1
Season: July through September
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest
Local Maps: USGS McGee Peak and Deborgia South

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Jun 2018