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Gorgeous weather, a bit rocky, needed a jacket but overall a great hike with great friends.

Beautiful views. Worth the climb!

Gorgeous Fall day, mid 50’s. Colors are spectacular & creek clear!

really enjoyed this trail, even if the stones make it difficult but interesting for running.
Very well maintaned.

28 days ago

This is squatch territory and only expert researchers and mountaineers should wander off the path. Don't get caught after dark as the sentinels are aggressive. Even your great dane is a snack for bears and other creatures, so leave fido at home. Respect first nation laws and buy a trailhead pass. Don't expect to be treated kindly by locals if you look like an REI advertisement or drive a car that's worth more than their average yearly income. This is not your land so tread lightly and respectfully.

1 month ago

This is not 9.4 miles. It is closer to 13, if you go to South Lolo Peak (the named one on this app and Google maps). The initial route shown is not to either Lolo Peak (North Lolo or South Lolo).

Once you get to the vista point, you can continue down to the lake, only if you want to scramble up the face of North Lolo Peak. Which is rather rough. There is a trail that heads west, above the lake but it is not marked, as of 9/16/18.

Once up top of N. Lolo Peak, there are great views of Missoula and Frenchtown. Atop S. Lolo Peak, there are peaks for days. Gorgeous views.

Unfortunately, we didn’t end up doing this hike. After reading promising reviews, and seeing gorgeous pictures, our experience trying to get started was nothing short of ridiculous. We drove straight to the trail, and immediately upon driving off the main road towards the trail head, a patrol guard stoped up and threatened to send us to jail for 6 months for not knowing we needed a permit to hike here. We went to the Cenex aka the local gas station, to get our permit and saying they were unwelcoming is an understatement of the year. They continuously warned us about the difficulty of the hike, the abundance of bears (rudely noting we would have needed to bring some bear spray because they didn’t have any for us) and that we would most likely be lifting our dog over boulders only to be greeted by a grizzly bear on the other side. Needless to say, we left. Heading back to Missoula for more pleasant locals and a better experience!

one of my favorite hikes so far! me and my partner and our 3 dogs hiked about 2.5 miles in until we got to a small waterfall. i really loved this trail because of the constant change of scenary. beautiful mountains on either side. as you walk you go through dense forested areas, boulders, a river and some sweet little wetlands with lush green grasses. we hiked back out during the sunset and it was beautiful! some small inclines but nothing crazy. a lot of rocks on parts of the trail so just watch your step. i wish i had time to hike a little further!

1 month ago

Majestic scenery on the way up and a beautiful lake. One of my favorite hikes around Missoula now. If the trail were easier to follow and less bushwhacking was necessary, I would give this hike 5-stars. It is very steep in parts and some scrambling up big rock faces. Lots of climbing over trees, as well. Navigating in parts can be difficult— we got lost off of the trail multiple times.

Note: I would NOT recommend DOGS. There are a lot of cliffs and huge boulders. My pup made it to the top but only because he is athletic and we were able to pick him up to get him up rock faces and boulders. I wouldn’t bring him back.

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1 month ago

Seeing this area the year after a major burn is wild. The trail currently still has a lot of ash and fallen logs, but it’s still gorgeous.

For reference on directions, Mormon Creak Road and Mormon Peak Road or two completely different things. To access this, drive about 3 miles west on highway 12 and turn left on Mormon Peak Road. Drive all the way up and you’ll find the trailhead.

FYI the final climb to the top of the peak is a bit tricky. If your ready for a major adventure, you can handle it though.

1 month ago

The best and nicest FSR I've driven up. From the Mormon Rd Bridge it is exactly 8.2 miles. The trail is open but this trail goes thru a sever burn area. Might not want to do it on a windy day. Trail is full of shiny pyrite flecks. Nice trail Recommend

1 month ago

GPS route via Mormon Creek Road is inaccurate, you need to take HWY 12 route. 8/25/18, trail is open and accessible.

Make sure to go past the first (and on this app, final destination) waterfall to second, very impressive waterfall 1/2 mile farther. Hike alternates between black rocks and forest. When you reach the bridge, look up to granite arch on top of the ridge. Nice mountain views.

One of my all time favorites. Absolutely loved it!

2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. So beautiful.

Great hike different terrain makes it fun!!

Beautiful views. Great hike for the whole family!

Amazing but hard hike, definitely a work out!

This is another misleading AllTrails intro. It says 6.6 miles out and back, but has a photo of the reservoir... if you want to go part way up and turn back I guess it could be 6.6 miles... but if you want to go all the way up to the reservoir, here’s what we found:
The dam is about 9 miles up, and the last mile is tough. We nicknamed the last bit “the Hellish Steps to Pompeii” because after 8.5 miles, ~15” backcountry “stairs” are quite trying (if not for you, you have my praise!). Campsites are further. We found ours at 10.7 miles.
The reservoir is breathtaking. The water is just pristine.
TOO MANY PEOPLE. And I wouldn’t mind that: I WANT people to enjoy the wilderness! But honestly, the amount of dirty toilet paper we came across was despicable. Please, people, if you go backpacking, PLEASE LEARN HOW TO PROPERLY POOP IN THE WOODS.
Thank you.

2 months ago

My very first hike-and my favorite. I live in OH & I had to change my breathing yet the trail itself was moderate, the elevation was what I needed to adjust too.
We brought wood for the watch tower. The man that was there when we visited was great (7/29/18). Very knowledgeable and told some great stories. So worth the hike. Temps did change, 90’s at the base and low 60’s at the watchtower. Views from the top are unbelievable-a must do!

2 months ago

ass kicker

Awesome views from the top. God is amazing. Bring lots of water to keep your hammies hydrated though, as this climb will work them.

3.7 miles, 2 hrs 26 min to the top. Difficult but doable! Rough road to the trailhead, was glad to be in a truck rather than a sedan. Gorgeous views in all directions! Very rewarding.

Awesome hike with beautiful views and impressive rock faces. There is a rock arch that can be spotted from the bridge about 3.5 miles out. We were a group of 6 including my 5.5 yr old and everyone enjoyed it. The last mile or so before the falls was beside a marshland and mosquitoes were thick; so definitely wear repellent.

Gorgeous easy hike. Lots of shade. The end of this hike isn’t at a destination and it can be a bit confusing. You simply turn around at 3.3 miles and it seems so ridiculous. I am tempted to make a sign just so people know when the specified hike ends. Still a stunning hike.

2 months ago

Two important things to know:

1) the trail is CLOSED as of September 2017. It was still closed per a sign at the trailhead on July 28 2018. This is not listed on the USFS website for some reason.

2) as some others have noted, your GPS will take you to a dead end of private land with no access to the trailhead. Directions to the trailhead are: take highway 12 form Lolo West 3 miles to FS road #612 (signs for Mormon Creek). Proceed 8 miles up Forest Road #612 up to the trailhead

Will try again some other time!

Beautiful hike, I was expecting a huge waterfall but supposedly as I was told after hiking this trail you have to off trail it to get to the falls over a rocky area. I have yet to go back and try this.

great veiw at the end, lots of downed trees blocking the trail though 05/26/18

3 months ago

This is a moderate trail.. unless you're really outta shape..imo. Very beautiful, hike, ..the trail is very well maintained. The views are amazing! Its close to 4 miles just one way. You can hear the water falls below on the west side at the top. awesome.
This is a must-do hike. The road getting closer to the trailhead isn't the best tho. bring bug spray the horse flies are awful. also there's NO water at all on the trail..so bring plenty of water esp for your pups. btw 95° is Not the best time to do this trail. just sayin

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