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Kootenai Creek Trail #53

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 3.5 (2)

This is a beautiful canyon trail in the Bitterroot Mountains following the course of Kootenai Creek.


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Map Key

10.6

Miles

17.1

KM

89%

Runnable

6,326' 1,928 m

High

3,572' 1,089 m

Low

2,974' 906 m

Up

262' 80 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This run begins at the Kootenai Creek Trailhead just northwest of Stevensville. The run begins closely following the course of Kootenai Creek to the south of the trail with deep-cut canyon views and the beautiful sound of a pristine waterway.

At about the 3.5 mile mark the trail crosses into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and weaves slightly northward and away from the creek. You'll traverse through variable terrain ranging from course rocky trail and narrow sections of rock screes to flat riparian earth. Be prepared for several creek crossings.

The trail ends at North Kootenai Lake where you can camp if you so choose (there are several campsites along the trail, as well). This trail joins with #302 which can be taken to reach South Kootenai Lake. A beautiful experience whether you continue all the way to the lakes at the back of the trail or simply stop for lunch a quarter mile in!

Flora & Fauna

Plenty of wildflowers in the spring and summer, marmots, ground squirrels, chipmunks, a variety of birds. This is black bear and mountain lion country!

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Shared By:

McCaide Wooten

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  3.5 from 2 votes

#2

in Stevensville

#20282

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#2

in Stevensville

#456

in Montana

#20,282

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Trailside falls
Jul 30, 2020 near Stevens…, MT
Creek crossing
Jul 30, 2020 near Stevens…, MT
East to west view from the bank of North Kootenai Lake
Jul 30, 2020 near Stevens…, MT
View from trail
Jul 30, 2020 near Stevens…, MT
Wildflowers
Jul 30, 2020 near Stevens…, MT
Established creekside campsite
May 30, 2020 near Stevens…, MT

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