Saint Mary Peak Trail

HARD 64 reviews

Saint Mary Peak Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Stevensville, Montana that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2483 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

views

scramble

snow

hiking
15 days ago

Went in the beginning of June. Had a fantastic hike, the views are breathtaking, however at approximately .5 mile up you start to run into some snow on the trail. At approximately 2.0 miles up I lost the trail completely. We found some footsteps that lead us forward but we lost those another mile up. Never made it to the lookout but assumed it was another mile up. Push yourself to some spectacular views at your own risk.

1 month ago

one of my favorite hikes, views are breathtakingly beautiful

hiking
9 months ago

This trail can be temperamental. We ran in to a snow storm on top Labor Day 2016 despite decent weather at the valley floor. Beautiful hike.

Hard but worth it. Trail in beautiful condition. would not take a car to trail head lots of rocks. 3.8 miles each way, all up. Easily most beautiful payoff of the summer.

9 months ago

Awesome hike! We only saw one other person on the trail the entire day. The middle portion flattens out and is a nice break before the climb to the top. The trail to the top was quite warm but had amazing views along the way! We met the person manning the lookout and he was really nice. He even have our 3 and 6 year olds a tour of the lookout. We are definitely going back!

10 months ago

Great hike!!

hiking
10 months ago

The views are unreal. If you go when there is a volunteer at the lookout you learn all sorts of good stuff!

hiking
11 months ago

Great walk with beautiful views. Had the top to ourselves so soaked in the views and enjoyed some lunch

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked on July 12, 2017. Sunny day, we left the trailhead at 6:45 am and the temp was 50*, returned to the trailhead at noon and the temp was 70*. Took our dog which this is a popular trail to bring a dog. On top it was windy and we put on our wind breakers. We are not young hikers but experienced hikers and it took us 2-1/4 hours to get to the top. This is a popular, well worn trail and has many exposed tree roots and lots of rocks which makes the hike down slower than normal. Many horse flies on the trail thru the trees so we used a spray mix of 2/3 apple cider vinegar and 1/3 water which we sprayed on the dog and us. Kept us and the pup happy and horse fly free.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike! Amazing views at the top. Lots of bugs too, so bring bug spray. There's a set of waterfalls down by the alpine lake in the basin that you see and hear from the top. Wanted to hike down to them, but a thunderstorm started to roll in.

11 months ago

Challenging and bear grass all along the way to keep you moving! This is one of my favorite so far in the Bitterroot. Be prepared with water and snacks. My pup loved frolicking in the snow banks. We hit 4 small patches on July 1, easy to navigate through even in sneaks. Breathtaking views!

11 months ago

Hardest hike I've done so far but it is the most amazing, rewarding trail I've ever done.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tried to do this hike on 5/29/2017. We were really excited to see the great views everyone describes. Drove about 45min up a narrow dirt road just as the other reviews have explained. Couldn't drive all the way to the trailhead due to snow, so parked on the side of the road and walked another 0.75miles to the trailhead. While it was a warm and sunny day, we encountered too much snow on the trail to continue on foot (without snowshoes) after about 0.25 miles. We definitely want to try this hike again, just will do so later in the summer after the snow melts.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Prepare for an hour drive on a single lane mountain road to the trail head. Plan on an uphill trek but manageable! Views are spectacular and worth the journey!

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

So beautiful! Challenging, but worth it. Long winding road to drive up to trailhead. Insane view!

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2016

very worth it. My favorite hike in the bitteroot.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Beautiful- snowy, windy and cold at the top

hiking
Friday, August 12, 2016

Well maintained trail. Great views.

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Good trail - my gps said it was 3.5 miles up and was worth every step. I am not a big hiker and was most surprised how long it took to get to the trail head, was 10 miles from where I was in stevensville and took 40 mins as the road is crazy small and windy (bring a 4x4 if you can). Views at top were great, observation tower had a crew in it and she was happy to show us the tower and point out some key things. Make sure you get a picture of the toilet (best view you've ever seen). Great hike and make sure you bring a windbreaker - cold at the top (was 70 a start - 60 and windy at the top).

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tough hike but completely worth it in the end.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

such a nice hike...tough hike near the end... but the view was totally worth every bit of it. the man at the watch tower was very lind and friendly, and the 360 degree view was breathtaking. it took us about 5 hours total... but we are not in great shape lol. amazing!!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

not for the faint of heart, beautiful views.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Super tough, but totally worth it!

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Amazing views once you reach the top.

hiking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Trail was good for the first few miles, after that it was snow covered and not at all marked. We hiked in the snowfields for about a mile and a half, until we totally lost footprints and any hint of a cleared trail. Markers up in the snowfield would be helpful. Beautiful trail, but not at all marked.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Worth it

hiking
Sunday, September 06, 2015

Very heavily used, the road is very rough but any car could make it up just fine as long as there is no snow on the road! We hiked with the first snow and it was freezing but absolutely worth it! I recommend this hike! Took us 2.5 hours to reach the summit and that was at a leisurely pace.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Really nice hike. Did this as most of the West is on fire. The view was lacking due to all the smoke. However, the hike was fun. Not as hard as we expected. Would live to do it again when there are clear skies.

hiking
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wow! What a nice hike! My gps says that the trail is 9.3 miles out and back. Felt every bit of that to me. Steady uphill to the lookout. Spring 1.3 miles up that requires filtering to be drinkable. Nice arch over the trail with dead bent trees 2.6 miles up where we stashed water for the hike back. Lots of wiildflowers. Ripe hucks down low. Spectacular views from the top. No snow this year! My 6 year old made this hike. Lookout not staffed yet.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Beautiful hike. Steady up until peak but gorgeous views. Nice to find a spring about 1.5 miles in!

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