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Bear Creek Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Victor, Montana that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, horses, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 849 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Forest

River

Waterfall

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

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Walk up the canyon trail into a temperate rainforest and see beautiful the beautiful river and streams. This trail does not reach a lake. From the Bear Creek Trailhead, this trail continues along Bear Creek for a little over 2 miles and then turns back. If you'd like to go further to Bryan Lake or Big Creek Lake, please search in this area on AllTrails.

Plenty of parking and bathrooms.

Bitterroot National Forest, Stevensville Ranger District, 88 Main Street, Stevensville, MT 59870; (406)777-5461

From Highway 93 south of Victor, take the Bear Creek Road west (across from Tucker Crossing). Drive 2.4 miles on a paved road. Take a right (north) on Red Crow Road. Drive 1 mile, then left (west) 3 miles to Trailhead. Turns are marked with Forest Service signs.

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Pam Ungashick
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HikingMuddyRocky

We loved this trail through forest setting. A few rocky spots and muddy areas, and fallen logs to crawl over. Hike to sound of rushing water, tons of shade.

Matt R
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Hiking

7/8/2020 Hike / Trail Run: Did this hike after the overlook. It was pretty crazy looking back up from the creek at where I was standing just a couple hours earlier. I went almost 3 miles in where there apparently is a river crossing if you want to continue and then turned around. Wasn’t signing up for that today. Looking at some heat maps it seems like some adventurous people have hiked almost all the way to the Idaho border. I jogged most of the way back, which was a little challenging with all the rocks along the trail. Made for a challenge moving along at 5 mph or so.

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Misty Foote
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HikingRocky
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Brenna Merrill
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Hiking

Good trail, ending in a mediocre view with fallen trees. River was roaring. Snow run off made parts of the trail wet/muddy but fine to do in regular shoes.

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Dov Dougherty
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Hiking

Great hike. A little muddy but otherwise beautiful

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Gabrielle Renteria
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FloodedMuddy

Hiked in and camped about 5 Mike's up the trail on 5/24. The river crossing around mile 3 is was passable but I'd guess it won't be soon with this week's warm temps. lots of muddy trails and hoping over downed trees past that point!

Samantha Becker
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Hiking

This trail takes you to a fork that connects Idaho trail 304 and 49. Log that crosses the creek at the fork. A nice rocky area in the stream about 1 mile in.

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Hannah Ettema
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Hiking

Did this trail at the end of April and was pleasantly surprised with the views! Shortly after entering the Wilderness, about 2 miles in, the trail does fizzle out a bit. We appreciated having hiking boots as there was some running water across and down the trail a bit. Would recommend for a quick jaunt!

Brandan Mickelson
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Hiking

Great conditions. now snowpack. falls are looking awesome.

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Kimberley Doula
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HikingSnow

This is my favorite trail, patches of snow still on trail! Some trees down but easy to climb over. Did this with a baby and 6 year old and we really enjoyed it! Very beautiful hike!

Jena Corrigan
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Snow

hiked this april 5 and most of the trail is still snow packed and slushy. but overall an easy hike. 2 adults and 4 ten year olds. theres no definite end so you can make this hiks as long or as short as you'd like. we did a 7.25 mile round trip and turned around at what would be a great summer swimming hole. busy trail with incredible views. plenty of parking with a restroom.

The Wandering Cuban (Nathanael Herrera)
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HikingSnow

This is a nice, easily accessed trail that is great for the whole family (its easy and safe enough for 3 yr olds and up). Our most recent visit was 3/22. The drive in was clear of snow until the last .5 mi. You can still make it with your Subaru... The trail was still covered in snow but it was still manageable without any kind of extra boot traction (e.g. yak tracks). We hike this trail often (by mid April its usually snow free) and it's always a pleasure. Bring binoculars as Mountain goats can sometimes be spotted high up on the valley walls. There are a few different falls you can see on this trail (a couple require an easy bushwhack). The first, and most easily viewable falls (Brave Bear Falls) is nothing to call home about but is worth checking out and makes for an easy turn-around point.

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Bruce Catter
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HikingIcySnow

ran 2 in,got to heavy wet ice, turned back.

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Steven Dodd
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Hiking

Enjoyed hike on 9/10. One of three in group swam in pool 2 miles up. Cold. Nice moderate hike, with views across canyon, back to valley floor and trail in good condition. A few people, but not busy. Would do it again.

Shauna Nelson
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HikingRocky

Trail well maintained and fairly easy if you are an avid hiker. Good amount of room for parking and a bathroom at the foot of the trail. Make sure to stop and walk down to the water about 1/2 way up. There are beautiful rock and falls... my daughters and I enjoyed them and had a picnic there... Beautiful. We will definitely hike this trail again. only negative..for me...was that there are alot if people on the trail with you. I am one who likes to hike with just my party. Really enjoyed this hike.

Phill Guay
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Hiking

A very pleasant hike with Brian. Creek is getting pretty low.

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Kristine Scobie
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HikingRocky

Absolutely perfect for hiking. Level ground, not steep to the falls which are about 3 miles round trip. It is narrow and there are 4? solid jagged rock/boulder ledges you'll travel over but completely safe and manageable (including small children) by foot. My friend & I rode horses up (our horses are 10000% bomb proof) but trail too narrow for really tall, long & wide horse like mine - no room for error or mishaps. With drop offs 90% of ride - ended up walking him down because he was slipping/sliding on the ledges. Attacked by dog once we got back down to lot. Parking lot ok size, circle out, outhouse as well. Must drive last 1/8- mile over completely unmaintained private road. HUGE potholes, no way to avoid - absolute $#@! for horses/trailers even if you went as slow as your truck will go.

Monica Rad
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nice hike. take in the spring and summer to compare the falls

Zachary Parsons
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Hiking

This trail is beautiful and easy to hike. Well maintained. Great water access - your dogs will love the Creek. Immense, jagged rock cliffs for scenery. The waterfall is about mid way up the trail after turning off. Terrain really varies from rocky to lush and everything in between. Nothing at the end of the trail it just fizzles out. Definitely gorgeous but I wouldn’t call it “stunning” exactly unless you’ve never been to the Bitterroot before. The Overlook (different hike) is definitely stunning though!

Rich W.
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Hiking

Easy and open as of 6-16-2019. Creek was still high.

jeff darcy
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HikingMuddy

Easy, beautiful trail.

jeff darcy
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HikingMuddy

Easy, beautiful trail.

jeff darcy
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HikingMuddy

Easy, beautiful trail.

jeff darcy
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HikingMuddy

Easy, beautiful trail.

jeff darcy
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HikingMuddy

Easy, beautiful trail.

jeff darcy
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Hiking

Easy, beautiful trail.

jeff darcy
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Hiking

Easy, beautiful trail.

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