Lodgepole Falls

Missoula, Montana 59807

Lodgepole Falls

Lodgepole Falls Professional Review and Guide

"Located in forested mountains just south of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, the hike to Lodgepole Falls is easy, except for the final descent to viewpoints below the cascade. Three 20- to 30-foot drops of water plunge from right to left down a cliffy gorge. Note that both black bears and grizzly bears are numerous in this area, so always carry your bear spray as a precaution.

It’s an easy and scenic stroll among the spruce, larch, and pines. The open forest floor is vegetated with wildflowers and lush green grass, and you can see the surrounding mountains that are heavily forested with cliff outcroppings. You soon approach a gorge that snakes through the mountain and is deep enough that you can’t see the stream roaring through it from your vantage point on the trail. Look for a hard-to-find path that takes you down to the base of the falls when the gorge curves to the west. The steep and windy descent takes you to a perfect view of Lodgepole Falls in all of its glory. The force of the three tall splashes creates a misty breeze, and small rainbows appear when sunlight is present."

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Trail Information

Missoula
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
0.8 mile
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
30-60 minutes
Duration
May-Nov
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
Lolo National Forest, 24 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804; (406) 329-3750; fs.usda.gov/lolo
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 55, B9; USGS Quad Dunham Point
Local Maps

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Jul 2018