Hamilton, Montana

Top Spots in and near Hamilton

  • Hamilton, Montana

    Hike Blodgett Canyon Overlook

    4.7
    3 mi / 400 ft gain
    The drive up forest service road 735 can be a little sketchy. Caution is advised during winter months or if the road is wet or muddy. The road dead ends at the Canyon Creek/Blodgett Overlook trailhead. There is ample parking space and an outhouse. Begin on the Canyon Creek trail and hang a rig...
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  • Hamilton, Montana

    Hike to Mill Creek Falls

    4.5
    6 mi / 650 ft gain
    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....
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  • Victor, Montana

    Hike to Bear Creek Falls

    5.0
    3 mi / 400 ft gain
    The trailhead is well established with a small campground and bathroom facilities.The hike begins in dense forest and slowly climbs over Bear Creek through a canyon. You get your typical (but always beautiful!) Bitterroot scenery: jagged rocky mountains towering over you on each side.At 1.5 miles...
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  • Victor, Montana

    Hike to Bear Creek Overlook

    5.0
    5 mi / 1160 ft gain
    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...
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  • Darby, Montana

    Backpack to Little Rock Creek

    9 mi / 1780 ft gain
    Little Rock Creek is one of the Bitterroots' best kept secrets. In late spring, the glacier lilies are in full bloom, and sprinkle the valley floor. At that time of year, there may also be quite a bit of snow on the ground, which will require some bushwhacking to stay on the trail.Little Rock Cre...
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  • Darby, Montana

    Backpack and Summit Trapper Peak

    4.0
    8.75 mi / 3327 ft gain
    From Darby, MT, follow MT 473 south for 4 miles to West Fork Bitterroot River Rd. A mile past the Job Corps, at milepost 7, turn right on FS 5634 (Baker Point Rd.). Follow this road 10 miles to the trailhead at about 7000 ft. The trail begins on a FS trail to Baker Lake. There are fish in Baker L...
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  • Philipsburg, Montana

    Hike the Hogback Ridge Trail

    11 mi / 5242 ft gain
    The trailhead is accessed at the Hogback Homestead. [GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):46.41056, -113.7019446°24'38"N, 113°42'7"W] Due to the isolated location of this trailhead, and the miles of rough dirt road that it takes to get there, you will more than likely have the place to yourself. Park ...
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  • Florence, Montana

    Backpack the Sweeney Creek Trail

    14 mi / 2600 ft gain
    The hike into Duffy Lake was approximately 7 miles with ~2600' gain. The first mile or two is fairly steep, then it will wiggle up and down the mountain until it drops down into the drainage to the lake. You can hike to Holloway Lake too if the trail isn't completely covered in snow. Late spring ...
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  • Florence, Montana

    Hike to Skookum Butte Lookout

    5.0
    2.6 mi / 930 ft gain
    The hike begins on an old jeep road and has no amenities. It crosses through a marshy field and quickly starts climbing upward with switchbacks. Cross over an old spur logging road before ascending into thick forest. Continue on the steep switchbacks through dense evergreens until the rocky out...
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  • Lolo, Montana

    Backcountry Snowshoe and Snowboard near Lolo Pass

    1.0
    3 mi / 1250 ft gain
    For this trip, you want to head towards Lolo Pass, which is the landmark of the Idaho/Montana border on Highway 12. This highway's two main towns that it begins and ends at are Lolo, Montana and Lewiston, Idaho. If you are on the Montana side, Crooked Fork Road is just a mere 100 yards from the L...
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  • Anaconda, Montana

    Hike the Johnson Lake Loop

    16 mi / 3160 ft gain
    Day 1: After pulling into the Middle Fork parking lot, there will be two trailheads. Sign in at either one, but I started at TH 28 to head directly to Johnson Lake. A gradual climb passes beautiful waterfalls and recovering burn scars dotted with flowers. To Johnson Lake is 5.2 miles with an ele...
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  • Anaconda, Montana

    Backpack the Warren Pass Loop

    12 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Often overlooked due not to its lack of scenery, but rather because of its proximity to both Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness in southwest Montana is a haven for hikers and backpackers seeking a true wilderness experience. Established in 1964, the area strad...
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  • Kooskia, Idaho

    Jerry Johnson Hot Springs

    5.0
    2.64 mi / 348 ft gain
    Note: crampons and hiking poles are a necessity for navigating this trail in the winter months. The trail can be steep in some places and very icy. Serious note: This area is used very frequently, resulting in abuse of the land. There is a problem with trash and clothing left behind. For this r...
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  • Kooskia, Idaho

    Whitewater Raft the Selway River

    47 mi / -1128 ft gain
    The Selway is one of the original eight Wild and Scenic Rivers designated in 1968.  This section of water is run by both private boaters as well as commercial outfitters, and is regulated by a strict permit system that only allows one group to launch per day.  This leads to a feeling of solitude ...
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  • Missoula, Montana

    Blue Mountain Lookout Deadman Ridge Trail

    5.0
    4.79 mi / 840 ft gain
    Blue Mountain Lookout Deadman Ridge Trail in Missoula, Montana is a moderately challenging hiking trail. The trail spans approximately 4.79 miles, offering a round-trip hike that takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete. The trail is marked by a steady incline, with an elevation gain of 840 feet. T...
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  • Anaconda, Montana

    Ski or Snowboard Discovery Mountain

    Discovery Ski Area is an alpine ski area in the small town of Anaconda, Montana. With over 2,200 acres of skiing and over 8,000 feet of elevation at the summit, you can find an adventure to fit any skill level.  After entering Anaconda take the Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Hwy south towards G...
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Camping and Lodging in Hamilton

Woods Cabin
Darby, Montana

Woods Cabin

Gird Point
Darby, Montana

Gird Point

Morgan Case Homestead
Philipsburg, Montana

Morgan Case Homestead

Hogback Homestead
Clinton, Montana

Hogback Homestead

Magruder Rangers House
Kooskia, Idaho

Magruder Rangers House

Stony Cabin
Philipsburg, Montana

Stony Cabin