Blodgett Canyon to Waterfall

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Bitterroot National Forest

Blodgett Canyon to Waterfall is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hamilton, Montana that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.5 miles Elevation Gain: 938 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

views

waterfall

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rocky
2 days ago

Probably one of my all time favorite hikes. The cliff faces within the canyon are absolutely stunning, and the river and wildlife are amazing. Just enough up and down to get you sweating if you get a move on. Fell in love with Montana because of this hike.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
9 days ago

Fun trip! Did get muddy and there were some large water flows on the trail! Totally manageable though. Had two ticks on us throughout the trip, but otherwise not too bad. Beautiful day!

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rocky
16 days ago

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rocky
18 days ago

Such a fun hike! There were some muddy spots, and we only saw one tick (we used tick spray so that helped). This is a super easy trail. The trail gets rocky in some spots. It’s such a beautiful hike!

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muddy
21 days ago

Great trail. Beautiful views. A little muddy from the snow melt but doesn’t pose a problem

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icy
muddy
1 month ago

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1 month ago

A delightful afternoon in the Bitterroots! Nice gentle climb, spectacular canyon walls. The quiet was refreshing and the sound of the creek invigorating. There is some very old rock up in those mountains. All made for a very enjoyable afternoon. Thanks to the snowshoers and skiers who packed the snow for good April hiking.

We did this trail on October 27, carpooling from Missoula starting at 10:15 a.m. and arriving at the trailhead about an hour later. The road was passable by pretty much any type of vehicle. There was almost no snow on the trail itself and it was easy to follow with very minor elevation gain. The trail is more rocky than most (although not with big boulders) so we had to be more agile to navigate the footing. There is a nice bridge about 2.5 to 3 miles in. The falls are nice but not outstanding although there is a nice area to explore around them. We got back to the trailhead at about 3:30 p.m., so this is a good day hike that can be completed well before dark. We didn’t see any animals but had heard there is a moose in the area.

7 months ago

Discovered this trail on All Trails. We hiked this trail in Sept. the weather was perfect for a hike. Gradual uphill a bit rocky not difficult, the views in the canyon were amazing! Loved this hike!

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8 months ago

Absolutely stunning! The views are amazing. Gets pretty rocky, but worth it. I made it a little ways past the bridge first go, looking forward to going a second time!

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rocky
9 months ago

Blodget is one of the most beautiful bitterroot hikes. beautiful stream even when low. incredible panoramic views. it can be tedious, it's rocky and on a hot day that gets old.

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9 months ago

Nice trail and beautiful canyon! “Waterfall” might be a bit misleading though

Excellent trail. Great views. Had to cut it short though as our 12 y/o started not feeling good. Will come back another day to hike to the falls.

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9 months ago

This was such a wonderful trail! My fellow and I went to the second waterfall (keep going past the first one for a ways, and when you feel like you aren't able to go further, keep going!). We ran into a mother moose and her calf on the actual trail, so that was a little nerve wracking. Needless to say, it was a mutual fear, so we were able to move out of her way so her and her little one would make it by. I definitely recommend this trail.

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10 months ago

We hiked this beautiful trail on July 17th, the trail was very well maintained. We are very much new hikers and this was a very workable challenge for us that offered amazing views and a variety of landscapes to truly enjoy. As others have stated, continue on past the first waterfall, the second fall is just another 15 minutes up the trail and certainly worth the effort. We came across a few other people out here on the hike on our mid-week adventure. We had very few issues with bugs, but I would recommend bug spray as a precaution.

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10 months ago

Great trail. Well maintained with spectacular views. The map is very accurate so don’t be fooled by the first fall, keep going to see the actual fall at the end.

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rocky
10 months ago

Warm July hike with plenty of rocks like many have said, elevation change is gentle. Views are National Park worthy. The Arch visible from the bridge was unexpected. Loved the beaver marsh area and we encountered a momma moose and calf on our way down. Fantastic!!

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rocky
10 months ago

Walked at a good pace for 2.5 hours, but did not reach THE waterfall. Made it to the bridge and about another mile - this part past the bridge was overgrown. Very pretty hike looking up at the canyon walls. This is a very rocky trail. When it rains, the rocks are slippery. No water crossings required. There are a few spots with a "beach" and the dog could get a drink safely without danger of slipping into the water and into a rapid. Glad I did the hike - feel no need to do it again.

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10 months ago

Pretty spots along the way, but we probably wouldn’t hike back to the falls again. For over 4 miles back to it we thought it was “ok”. But we’re used to waterfalls in MN along the north shore of Lake Superior though...

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muddy
over grown
10 months ago

I did an overnight trip in the canyon and absolutely loved it. I would love to spend another day and hike in farther. We hiked out about 7 miles and then hiked back the next day. Along the way we saw wildlife, several waterfalls, beautiful mountain views, and lots of changes from forest to meadow and swampier areas. This is the perfect hike for people looking for a longer trail that doesn't have a lot of elevation change but also does NOT sacrifice views. In the summer, the farther from the trailhead we went there were overgrown and muddy sections, but we had no problem finding our way.

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bugs
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rocky
11 months ago

This is a beautiful hike! Beautiful views of the canyon, river, all the way up to the waterfall! I do want to make sure people know you will run into a waterfall before you get to “the” waterfall! I was about to turn back at this first waterfall when another hiker came along and let me know there was a bigger one just a few more minutes ahead. Very glad I did not miss out!

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rocky
11 months ago

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