Hike to Mill Creek Falls

Mill Creek Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Meredith Baird

This is a nice, easy day hike with great views of the Bitterroots and a rewarding waterfall spot to have a picnic and relax.

The trailhead is easily visible from the parking area and ascends into a narrow canyon surrounded by dense forest. Mill Creek is not much more than a trickle at the beginning, but slowly gets larger and follows the trail the entire hike. About a half mile in, cross the log bridge over Mill Creek.

Soon the canyon will open up and give way to stunning craggy mountain views towering overhead. There are signs of a past fire, which has cleared out much of the older growth and along the way there are patches of dense new growth.

About two miles in, the trail enters into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, and at three miles you will find Mill Creek Falls. The falls billow down boulders into a nice pool, which I imagine would be great for swimming in the summer months. There are large boulders and some flat rock surfaces surrounding the falls on all levels for nice picnicking spots.

Distance

6 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

650 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Swimming, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Swimming Hole

Nearby Lodging

Missoula KOA

Missoula, Montana

Deer Lodge KOA

Deer Lodge, Montana

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Easy & Beautiful

This is an easy and beautiful hike that is typical for the Bitterroot valley. Four stars because it's not extremely epic! But very approachable and rewarding!

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