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.

Length26.0 miElevation gain3,028 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyHikingHorseback ridingForestRiverMuddyRocky
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Mike Murphy
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Scenic driving

Great winter hike ! After the bridge some snow to the waterfall. Went a mile past the waterfall but turned around because of 2’ snow drifts were kicking my butt not to mention all the downed trees. But absolutely amazing winter hike !!

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Mark Shenker
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Patrick McDonough
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HikingBugsOver grown

Absolutely beautiful wall to wall. Pretty flat overall, but with more elevation gain (on the way up) the first few miles, and last 2 miles before the lake, which makes it a rough ending if you head up there in one day. Numerous awesome camping setups at mile 7. Some huckleberries are ripe for the pickin on the first mile or two, but the ones further up need more time. Many fallen trees on the path past mile 7 that require a little scrambling over, and many parts of the trail are starting to get a bit overgrown. Not hard to follow the trail. But I’d recommend pants up the second half so you don’t scratch up your shins like I did. Plenty of mosquitoes along most of the trail and at the lake in the late afternoon/evening.

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Theresa Hanlin
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HikingGreat!Rocky

We have hiked a lot of trails and this one is definitely one of our favorites. It was 43 degrees and raining, we got completely drenched and we would do it all over again! There was a gorgeous view at every turn!! Take trekking poles to maneuver through the rocks, but other than that it's a fairly easy trail.

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Clay Watson
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HikingBugsFloodedMuddyOver grownSnowWashed out

Always love hiking blodgett. About 5 to 6 miles in the vegetation starts getting very very thick and at times makes it a little hard to follow the trail. At certain points it was very muddy and flooded out. We got through all the thick vegetation and flooded sections and made it about 9 miles in and decided to camp at a great spot in the trees, right next to a beautiful open meadow with amazing views of the mountains and creek (tons of prairie dogs in the meadow). We relaxed in the meadow for the day and caught a ton of beautiful little cutties there and released them. All in all, awesome couple of days in Blodgett Canyon.

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Hank Horchata
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I'd stick with the 1st 5 miles of this trail, up to the waterfall. After that the trail is routed poorly, too far from the cliff or the creek to have anything to look at, you might as well be hiking anywhere. I made it 8 miles, trail and everything around was flooded with thick vegetation, and it looked boring up ahead. Trail is over-hyped IMHO, it's got some nice sights but if you're trying to get in a decent hike you'll be disappointed.

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Kris Vaupel
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HikingMuddyRockyWashed out
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Corinne Taney
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Hiking

I did this 2 years ago in the middle of June. Only made it about 8-9 miles back before there was bad flooding and we lost the trail. Luckily a campsite was nearby! Gorgeous trail. I want to go back and go to the lake!

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Alyson Whitaker Âû
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A couple of river crossings, a natural water slide, (it's rock so if you go too many times you will put holes in your shorts), the last mile is brutal and no water access so make sure you have enough.

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Lara Thomas
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Beautiful winter hike. We hiked about two miles in and back out. Saw a bear track in the snow.

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Rochael Teynor
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Gorgeous hike with many vantage points to take in the incredible views along the way... and let your dog play in the water. Worth the extra time and effort to go to the falls 5 miles in!!

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Chris Archambault
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Hiking

For the ease of access and views it is an exceptional hike to the falls. Need to bring fishing pole next time.

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BigSkyHiker Guthrie
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Road to trail was good, trail was melting snow/ice.

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Austin Vinsant
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Great hike

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Bryan Richter
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Backpacking

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.

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David Donaldson
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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.

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

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Shannon Bernard
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Hiking

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

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Sannan Solberg
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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.

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Sarah Red-Laird
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Matthew Boxwell
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