Hike to Bear Creek Overlook



5 miles

Elevation Gain

1160 ft

Route Type


Added by Jessica Linderman

Bear Creek Overlook features a modest day hike that rewards you with visually striking views of the Bitterroot Mountains.  Rather than climbing up from the valley foothills, this trail offers a relatively short yet fulfilling ascent.

At the start of your hike, stay to left and meander your way through a shaded forest of Douglas fir and lodgepole pine.  Your steady uphill climb features about two dozen switchbacks with pockets of vibrant wildflowers and a meadow of fallen trees near the rim.  At the top, you'll be greeted with impressive views of the Bitterroot Mountains and to the east, Bitterroot Valley.  If you're lucky, you may get the overlook all to yourself.

For a near spiritual experience, plan your summit arrival around sunset and take a seat far enough away from the edge. After absorbing the sensations, be sure to start your descent immediately after the sun dips behind the Bitterroots.  A flashlight is a must as it gets dark fast.  

All in all, about 2-3 hours round trip.  Parking is limited and be prepared for a windy drive on your way to the Trailhead.  There are no facilities. 

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Beautiful views! Best on clear days

Great views but obviously best on sunny or clear days. I’ve hiked it in rain/fog which made it eery but not as worth it. Went in mid June and road and trail was clear! Moderate hike but no water along the way FYI.

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