Peterson Creek Trail

moderate 6 reviews
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Peterson Creek Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bigfork, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,515 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers



over grown

Note: The trail head is at the end of Bear Creek Road in Bigfork. Additionally, please check with the forest page for road closures. Users have reported that the forest road is closed, however the trail is still accessible. You will have to park farther and hike towards the trail head.

We randomly stumbled upon this trail and absolutely love it! We hiked 1.1 miles in and turned around from there. Would be a great running trail as well. Had to watch out for horse poop though.

7 months ago

The forest road was closed so I parked and planned to hike an extra mile to the trail head. When I got to the trailhead marked on the map, it was nowhere to be seen. It looked overgrown like there might have been a trailhead once but it currently isn’t maintained as of June 2019

Mon Aug 01 2011

I completed the trail to the Alpine 7 and back for an afternoon hike. The trail condition was in good but my choice of weather was not. It was rain/snowing on the way back down. Decent views of the swan valley, trail is mostly good for getting some where else. It crosses Peterson Creek right as it starts, no other water is available (provided you have a filter)

6 months ago

9 months ago

Wed Jul 11 2018