Bear Creek Overlook Trail

Stevensville, Montana 59870

Bear Creek Overlook Trail

Bear Creek Overlook Trail Professional Guide

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"A granite slab perched on a canyon rim above Bear Creek opens up the majesty of the high Bitterroot Range. A wide swath of forest in the U-shaped valley below gives way to granite basins. Along the spine of the range, Sky Pilot Peak and Gash Point command the view.

To the east you can make out the Sapphire Mountains on the far side of the Bitterroot Valley. The hike gains just over 1,000 feet as it switchbacks through forest toward a giant castle rock that towers directly above the natural viewing platform. Watch for mountain goats."

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Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Scott Steinberg
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"This trail provides a modest day hike to the top of the prominent subsidiary ridge running southeast from Gash Point (8,886 feet). With views rivaling those from the higher Bitterroot peaks, the overlook is a good choice for hikers wanting an up-close view of the Bitterroot Mountains without having to climb all the way up from the Bitterroot Valley foothills. For the modest effort required you would be hard pressed to find another trail as short and as visually impressive as this particular route."

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Trail Information

Stevensville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Stevensville Ranger District, 88 Main St., Stevensville, MT 59870; (406) 777-5461; www.fs.usda.gov/main/bitterroot/home
Local Contacts
USGS Gash Point; USDAFS Bitterroot National Forest, available at the Stevensville Ranger Station
Local Maps

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