Bear Creek Overlook Trail

MODERATE 76 reviews

Bear Creek Overlook Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Victor, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,154 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

2 months ago

Note: Don’t make the mistake I did assuming the trail begins beyond the barrier at the end of the road. My pup and I followed through the snow until it dead-ended l, leaving us in shade, ice and surrounded by what appeared to be the fresh tracks of a very large wild animal.

The actual trailhead looks almost like a game trail up the side of the hill behind all the parked cars you’ll encounter at the end of the road (be careful parking so those there before you can get by on their way back down).

Once we figured out where we were, the trail was a beautiful collection of switchbacks making for an easy hike with a HUGE reward. The views from the top were indescribable. I wish it wouldn’t have been so busy (we had to wait our turn to navigate to the top of the rocks and the cliff for the views) but everyone was incredibly friendly and patient with one another.

Be careful meandering around on the rocks! It’s a long way down!

Can’t wait to experience this one again.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy peasy hike with a awe inspiring, breath taking view at the end. Will do again.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice trail with switchbacks. You are rewarded with spectacular views when you break out of the trees and are on the ridge. There are about ten trees that have fallen across the trail, prepare to climb over or go around them.

trail running
3 months ago

really good trail running and fantastic view.
https://www.strava.com/activities/1863820572

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike! Fairly easy hike up multiple switchbacks to the overlook. Great vistas!

5 months ago

Breath taking views. Saw cougar scat on the trail, but my dog did not seem startled. So climbwd to the top. Worth it.

5 months ago

Awesome hike. Very gentle switch backs made for a pleasant climb. If you detour to the right just before the overlook, the views are spectacular. Beginner carrying 20lb pack, took about 3hrs total including a short lunch break.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy to moderate, amazing views!! Hiked it July 1 and there were several trees down across the trail but nothing too big to climb over.

hiking
5 months ago

The switchbacks put this hike on the easy end of moderate, and the views and opportunities for exploring at the top are a huge payoff. Absolutely beautiful.

5 months ago

Gorgeous view at the top! With the switch backs this trail is easy to do. Saw a few people on the trail and a deer.

6 months ago

Amazing overlook, surprised by the width and depth of it. Worth the drive up!

hiking
6 months ago

AMAZING views- I can’t imagine any better! The view from the bench was great, but I agree if you’re a little more brave go to the trail on the other side of the rock wall it will take your breath away! GORGEOUS!!!

hiking
6 months ago

One of the best views of all time!

6 months ago

The road to get up there is well maintained to the point I was able to take my car up there with no trouble! Beautiful drive up! The trail is not through the gate, but is instead the skinny trail from the parking lot. Gorgeous hike up and not a bad climb due to the switchbacks, beautiful view once you reach the top and if you feel like going higher than the bench follow the trail up to a rock ledge and the view is even more stunning!

7 months ago

Beautiful trail. Well worth the hike. I would consider the trail easy to moderate. Park near the gate but go up the skinner trail. We started hiking the gate way but trail was not maintained and lots of dead forest on that side.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike. Rained the entire time but trail was a in good shape. No visibility but still pretty spectacular. I can only imagine what it would be on a clear day.

hiking
7 months ago

Spectacular views for such a short & easy hike. Completed in under 1.5 hours round trip on the evening of 6/15/18. Snow is all gone, although it did hail during my ascent. Counted 22 not steep switchbacks and one longer stretch at the very end.

Make sure to use directions to bear creek OVERLOOK trail, different from bear creek trailhead. Looong & precarious dirt road up to the trailhead, not for the faint of heart. When you get to the end of the dirt road, there is a gate stopping further access. Do not follow the road past the gate, take the trail up into the forest on your left. There are two trails, one straight up and one slightly to the south that switches back and forth the whole way up. These two trails cross each other frequently, but the switchback way is nice and easy to follow. Enjoy the incredible views!!

8 months ago

Amazing hike, beautiful view would be really simple without snow. Still quite a bit of snow be prepared to step and fall in if you don’t have snow shoes also be prepared to have no trail to follow.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Roads solid ice, narrow, with cliffs had to bale on it today. Will return in the spring.

hiking
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Spectacular view :)

hiking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

5 star view on this one. I highly recommend it.

hiking
Friday, September 15, 2017

37 degrees, snow on the trail the last half mile or so.. great hike!!

backpacking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Absolutely amazing view. Good for kids and those in shape up to 65. The entire way is switchbacks making the climb easy to scale. Overall , very easy and extremely rewarding hike.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A little longer than we expected with a 6 year old and it was hot, but the views were GORGEOUS!!! Windy as heck, could be dangerous with small, curious kids

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Easy trail and such a glorious reward at the top!! We will definitely do this one again! The only issue we had was the recorded trail guide was not accurate.

Monday, June 19, 2017

very easy, well maintained, gradual hike. about 2.4mi one way. Hike it in the rain, with my family on Sunday, 6yr and 9 yr old girls. it was absolutely worth it. Amazing views all the way up

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Hiked with my 10 week old infant in a front carrier and was still an easy hike. The view was AMAZING, could have stayed up there all day! We'll definitely be back:)

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Incredible views from the lookout, not a hard hike at all. Still quite a bit of snow the last mile and a half but it is packed and easy to walk on.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

For the small amount of work put in, the payout is incredible. One of my favorite views in the state.

hiking
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wonderful hike on a gorgeous October afternoon. Hike provided a perfect cardiac workout for a fifty-something. Spectacular vistas, especially looking westward into the more primitive areas. I'll post some pictures later.

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