Bass Creek Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stevensville, MT that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.
From US 93 turn west onto Bass Creek road located 4 miles south of Florence. Travel 2.5 miles to Charles Waters Memorial Campground. The Bass Creek trailhead is located at the west end of the campground.
For the not so fit hiker it took about 2 1/2 hours to the waterfall and 1 1/2 hours down. Good note is once you pass the sign there will be a fork to the right if you want to go up to he waterfall and then on to a bigger lake that we didn't make it to. If you go straight at the fork you will be forced to go over the creek and wont make it to the waterfall. It was worth the hike but was pretty hard toward the last hour up.
Awesome hike to the waterfall by way of crossing Bass Creek. Not the main trail to the right of the waterfall but an alternate trail that lead to a great landing along side the falls. Definitely best hike this year.
Awesome hike to the waterfalls.
Made it to the pond!
We went for just a mile or so since it was later in the afternoon. Great views of the cliffs on either sides and the creeks. First part of the trail is kid friendly enough. I know it gains a lot more elevation further in. We'll be back.
It was fun and exciting every turn something new. Nice thing is it was long so it made it that much more fun
Constant beautiful scenery!!! Loved this hike
It was a fun snow filled trail, my only grievance is that I had to constantly climb over or under trees. Sometimes bush whack to find the trail. Other than that id say bass lake is beautiful and the falls were spectacular even thought it's hard to get to a good vantage point other than on top.
Favorite after work hike. Ample parking. Well marked trail that climbs steadily for about 2.5 miles to a large pond that's good for throwing sticks into for the dog to fetch. If you continue on, you'll reach the wilderness boundary and about half a mile after that (about 3.5 miles in) you can look up and to the south to see the saw tooth peaks. I hike this at least once a week, often more. Heavily used trail with horses, dogs, kids, locals.
This hike is beautiful. We backpacked up to the lake for the night and it was gorgeous! It gets very chilly at night so bring good layers this time of year and I'm sure for a month yet. I sleep cold but with my -15 sleeping bag my dog and I were toasty but there was frost on the tent in the morning and a new layer of ice on the lake. We neglected to grab a map but the trail is pretty straight forward except for the fork about an hour and a half up. We went straight and got to the raging river crossing so we breaked for a bit and two more groups came up behind us. Easy to figure out that we did not want to cross and go back the 3 minutes to the correct fork. Does get tough! 8 miles each way and 3000 feet is not for the weakling. I won't lie I haven't trained enough- it took us 6 hours up (nice lunch break and snacks) and 3.5 down! Totally worth it.