Maclay Flat Nature Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Maclay Flat Trail is a wide, level interpretive trail that lies at the base of Blue Mountain between the Bitterroot River and the Big Flat Irrigation Ditch. The area was a camping site for the Salish Indians while they gathered roots of the bitterroot flower. The trail meanders through open grasslands and a rich riparian forest with aspen, cottonwood, ponderosa pine, dogwood, and willow.
The wetlands, forest, and river make it a year-round haven for watching wildlife. The irrigation ditch is used by farms and ranches through Big Flat before emptying into the Clark Fork River. Sixteen information stations along the trail describe the geology; river system; vegetation; and wildlife in the area, including bald eagles, osprey, and tree swallows. Benches, picnic tables, and a boat ramp are available along this wheelchair accessible trail. Leashed dogs are allowed."