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Blue Mountain Trail #3.01

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The pièce de résistance of the Blue Mountain Recreation Area.


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10.0

Miles

16.1

KM

87%

Runnable

6,457' 1,968 m

High

3,219' 981 m

Low

3,405' 1,038 m

Up

168' 51 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

Be alert for mountain bikers in the first ~1.5 mi of this trail. Keep in mind much of the middle of this section of this trail is in a regrowing burned section- wear sunscreen. This is black bear and mountain lion territory- always carry bear spray!

Description

The one that started it all. This is the original trail leading from the main Blue Mountain parking area all the way to the summit of Blue Mountain. Too long for one trek? No problem! There are multiple access points to different sections of this trail along forest road 365.

For those interested in completing the whole route, camping is permitted in the West Area of the Recreation Area (anywhere along the trail about 1.5 mi beyond the trailhead). Keep in mind that there are few suitable campsites through the middle 50% of this trail, though. There are spectacular views of the Missoula valley at multiple points along this trail which courses through a variety of ecological systems.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers abound through the spring and summer. Deer, small mammals, birds.

Contacts

Shared By:

McCaide Wooten

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#77

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Paulo on the trail.
Jul 26, 2020 near Orchard…, MT
Wildflower climb
Jul 26, 2020 near Orchard…, MT
Trailside wildflowers.
Jul 26, 2020 near Lolo, MT
Trail with Missoula valley to the north.
Jul 26, 2020 near Orchard…, MT
Trail
Jul 26, 2020 near Orchard…, MT

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