Big Creek Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Big Creek Trail is a 6.6 mile out and back trail located near Victor, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
787 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

river

views

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful fall colors, great trail

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Easy and relaxing 6.7 mile out and back for me and my 11 year old. Several side trails along the way to get on the creek. A downside was the numerous powder dirt sections due to dryness and horse traffic.

hiking
2 months ago

A very peaceful and relaxing trail with amazing scenery. The bridge offers excellent views of the creek and there are plenty of areas along the trail to stop for a picnic or photo opportunities. My dog thoroughly enjoyed it as well! Not busy at all even for a Friday afternoon.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is our favorite hike in the Bitteroot. We hiked in with our 6 year old twins who did great. The header says 6.6 miles but it is 9.6 to the lake. We camped for 2 days at the lake. The hike however is no joke. It was 10.8 miles to our campsite. There were numerous trees down from what I would assume was a microburst along the trail, most of them (20 or more VERY large trees) at about 7.5 miles in. We had to literally climb on top of them, walk across them, which were laying in a zig-zag pattern until we picked up the trail again. (On the return trip, volunteers from the Sierra Club and Selway-Bitteroot Frank Church foundation had cleared all of the trees from the trail. Big thank you to them. Was very impressive). Once you pass the last bridge at about 8.5 miles, the real incline begins. The switchbacks are in the open so it's pretty hot in the middle of the day. The next mile to the lake is tough and right before you get to the lake there are about 70 steps that are spaced to accommodate a horses stride so carrying a heavy pack will make it brutal. It is worth it as you reach the spillway at the top and wading though the cold water feels amazing. The time at the lake was awesome and the weather was perfect. Fishing was great as well. We were able to swim in the lake when it warmed up on the 2nd day and the landscape is just incredible. This was our 5th hike to the lake and the first with our kids who wanted to stay longer. Next time we will stay a few more days. Highly recommend this hike. Recommend going during the week because there are limited camp sites for a large group like ours. (9 of us with our friends and family).

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Easy and not very steep of a hike. Beautiful cedars and scenery, and the rush of the water sounds amazing through the hike. There are several game trails leading to the water when the main hiking trail veers away from it so it's a perfect hike for dogs and you don't have to carry their water. Pack bridge is breathtaking and there are awesome camping spots just 2 miles in and less!

hiking
6 months ago

fantastic scenery, easy climb. could see taking a child. went up about 3.5 miles before we turned around. no clear spot to do that, otherwise great hike!

hiking
Thursday, September 15, 2016

hiking
Friday, September 02, 2016

backpacking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

One of the best hikes in the Bitterroot if you want a bit longer hike.

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It is a very nice hike.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Fun trail with a couple of streams to cross. Nice tree/shade covering. Hiked to the bridge and back. Brought children ages ranging from 4 years old to older teens. Did just fine.

hiking
Thursday, April 21, 2016

loved the creeks running in and out of the trail. great for our dogs to play in. beautiful views.