Blodgett Canyon

MODERATE 12 reviews
#18 of 39 trails in

Blodgett Canyon is a 26 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hamilton, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from July until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
26.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3362 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

forest

river

muddy

rocky

backpacking
1 month ago

The first three miles are gorgeous. Amazing views of Prinz Ridge and easy access to the creek. The next two miles to the falls are shady and sweet with a sweet payoff at the second set of falls. Another nice, shady two miles gets you into the actual wilderness area and to seven mile meadow where there are decent campsites. Water access here was made difficult by muddy banks, suck diminished the sites appeal. If you're not going all the way to the lake, camp here because the campsites at nine mile meadow are seriously lacking and were beyond infested with mosquitoes. From nine mile meadow, it's roughly three miles to the lake and the trail saves almost all the elevation gain until the end while affording really nice views of the surrounding peaks. The lake itself is tiny with an oily sheen and seemed devoid of fish, we were reluctant to swim though other folks told us they had. Three are several decent campsites I the near side of the lake, but we didn't explore much die to boggy conditions around the lake. The trail itself was overgrown and grabby with deep trenches at intervals that made footing uneasy at times. The initial five miles are the highlight of this trail, as there are far nicer lakes in the Bitterroot corridor.

3 months ago

Breathtaking views pretty much from the start. I hiked about 7.5 miles out, passing several waterfalls on the way. At around five miles deep was probably the coolest one. I stopped when I reached a nice sized meadow with some awesome views. Nice break from the thick timber. Saw one moose cow hanging out by the creek. Overall excellent for a short or long hike.

6 months ago

absolutely stunning and amazing views. very busy when I went but beautiful. bring bear spray.

hiking
11 months ago

Iconic Montana views with so little effort...it shouldn't be this easy

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Only hiked about 4 miles in on a day hike. Very fun. Find a place along the way to cool off your feet in the river and read a book.

backpacking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Monday, August 03, 2015

Absolutely beautiful!!! Easy hike with great views of the canyon and the creek is spectacular, need to fish it

hiking
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014