Bear Creek

Victor, Montana 59875

Bear Creek

Bear Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"With its whitewater cascades, towering granite battlements, and old-growth forests, the trail along Bear Creek easily qualifies as one of the most enjoyable stream-bottom hikes in the Bitterroots—and is also one of the most popular. It is well maintained and climbs quite gradually over most of its length; there are many good turnaround points, as well as a possible side trip along the South Fork of Bear Creek.

The trail may also be hiked as the first portion of a longer point-to-point hike into the Big Creek drainage via Bear Creek and Packbox passes. (See Hike 8: Big Creek to Bear Creek for more information.)"

Bear Creek Trip Reports

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This was the first time in 25 years since I was a child that I had been back to this trail. My father took us to fish lake for our first family backpacking trip when I was 7. It is a beautiful trail with stunning views and great stopping off places. Especially the rock face with the stream that runs across its face. ( Good place to cool down on a hot day) We did a day hike this time and stopped at the pass/overlook to fish lake. The trail is good and easy to follow and is not difficult.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
8.0–9.5 hours
Best from late June through September
Lolo National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute series: Gash Point, MT-ID; White Sand Lake, ID-MT
Local Maps

Trail Log