Colter Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 230' 70 m
Descent: -1,291' -394 m
High: 7,789' 2,374 m
Low: 6,648' 2,026 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
“An easy descent to Overwhich Falls.”— Lance Pysher
The start of the trail isn't obvious. Take the Lost Trail - Saddle Mountain Road a little less than three miles to a fork (You are reentering Montana, yeah). Go left and 100 yards later there is a small pullout on the right. This is your trailhead.
The next two miles are pretty smooth and you move along quickly. Now enjoy three miles of mostly flat running along the beaver ponds and meadows to the lookout at Overwhich Falls. Until you reach the falls, there isn't any way to get lost as long as you follow the water. Halfway to the fall, the Shields Creek will link up. Keep heading down along the creek, and return some other day to check out the ridge crest running that Shields Creek offers.
After enjoying the view at Overwhich falls, if you're not heading back the way you came, make sure to take the Warm Springs Creek #103 to the right and not the Overwhich ATV trail which will take you to Painted Rock Reservior and far, far away from your car.
One warning This trail is notorious for downed trees so make sure someone has been down before you, or better yet bring a saw and help us out.
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Land Manager: USFS - Bitterroot National Forest Office
Sep 30, 2019: Fred Burr Dam Spillway Repairs