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Trapper Creek Trail

Darby Montana

Listing Type: National Forest Trail
City: Darby Montana
Region: Glacier Country

Trapper Peak looms over the parking lot for Trapper Creek Trail (598). That sets the tone for the whole day's hike, as North Trapper on one side of the drainage, and a line of cliffs and needle-like peaks on the other, dominate this trail. The stream is not visible from the trailhead and seldom flows right beside the trail in the first few miles. However, it is never far away either, appearing every now and then and necessitating crossing four times in as many miles. These crossings are made on single logs or log jams, which are not official bridges but are more stable than many of those. There is an attractive, though not large, falls about two miles from the trailhead.

Look for wildflowers along this trail. Three members of the lily family grow in the damp areas of this drainage. The largest and most distictive is the Twisted Stalk, which grows two to four feet tall. False Soloman's Seal also grows in this area.

Length: 5.0 miles. Moderate difficulty. .Trail Begins: Forest Road 5628.Trail Ends: NW NE Section 22, T2N, R22W

Area Map: Bitterroot National Forest Visitors Map .USGS Map1: Burnt Ridge.USGS Map2: Trapper Peak.Township 2N; Range 21W; Section 17

Directions: On Highway 93, drive 21 miles south of Hamilton's Main Street to West Fork Road. Turn right onto this paved road and go 6 miles (0.5 mile past the Job Corps) to the Trapper-Chaffin Road, which has a good surface. Turn right and drive 0.5 mile to Little Trapper junction; keep left, continuing 1.25 miles more to a bridge over Trapper Creek. Cross the bridge. The trailhead is 1.5 miles beyond the bridge, a total of 3.25 miles from the ouset of the Trapper-Chaffin Road.

Trapper Creek Trail
Bitterroot National Forest, Darby, MT 59829

  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Picnicking
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
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