Smith Creek Pass

Swan Lake, Montana 59911

Smith Creek Pass

Smith Creek Pass Professional Review and Guide

"This trail offers a long day trip over the Swan Range and into the western edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This eTrail description ends at Little Salmon Overlook, a scenic point offering outstanding views of the jagged peaks that rim the Little Salmon valley. The Little Salmon Trail continues beyond this point for a long distance, finally reaching the South Fork of the Flathead.

The trail begins its initial climb through the wooded bottomland of Smith Creek. After 0.5 mile, the trail doglegs to the north and climbs the hillside, passing along the edge of an old seed-tree cut. This logging practice leaves a scattering of desirable trees in the clearcut to serve as the breeding stock for the next generation of seedlings."

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Trail Information

Swan Lake
Nearby City
3,730 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Best July through September
4,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,950 feet
Top Elevation
Flathead National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Condon, Holland Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018