Holland Falls National Recreation Trail

Swan Valley, Montana 59826

Holland Falls National Recreation Trail

Holland Falls National Recreation Trail Professional Guide

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"The Swan Mountains north of Missoula are a quintessential Montana mountain range. Holland Falls, thundering just above Holland Lake, is one of the natural features that define the state. This hike traces a route on the lakeshore and then winds up to the impressive falls. Pyramid-shaped Carmine Peak is a commanding presence above. The view of the Mission Mountains, Holland Lake, and Holland Falls—all from a natural boulder field platform—is unique. In fall, larch and birch trees add brilliant color to the scene. The waterfall is particularly powerful in spring.

Holland Falls National Recreation Trail is on the edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. While a walk into the “the Bob” is an expedition-worthy endeavor, hikers can get a taste of this massive wilderness where Holland Falls rushes into Holland Lake."

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Hiking Waterfalls in Montana (Falcon Guides)
John Kratz
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"The popular hike to Holland Falls takes you along the north shore of Holland Lake to the foothills of Swan Range. The Swan Valley is thick with wildlife, and many observable species live in the lake’s shoreline habitat. Surrounding forests are a fine example of a Crown of the Continent ecosystem in which towering ponderosa pines and western larch dominate the landscape. At the falls, you’ll enjoy magnificent views of the Mission Mountains’ tallest peaks across the lake and valley. On a hot day, you can approach within a few feet of the cascade to be showered by its refreshing mist." Read more

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Trail Information

Swan Valley
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Swan Lake Ranger District, 200 Ranger Station Rd., Big Fork, MT 59911; (406) 8377500; www.fs.usda.gov/main/flathead/home
Local Contacts
USGS Holland Lake; USDAFS Flathead National Forest
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Dec 2018