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Sawtooth Creek is a 22.3 mile 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 is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 22.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,421 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

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river

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9 months ago

Beautiful mellow hike, trail is pretty overgrown and dead trees have fallen throughout the trail.

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blowdown
off trail
over grown
9 months ago

On the first of July I hiked this trail to Ingomar Lake and would rate it one of the most difficult I have done. Not due to elevation or terrain, but rather overall trail condition. The first 4 or so miles of trail are fairly easy to follow with some blowdown and overgrown foliage. About mile 5-7 it is very easy to loose the trail with a lot of blowdown and overgrown vegetation. There is even one avalanche shoot that wiped out a section. You can find the trail again if your really looking, but look for bucked logs and cairns. These trail markers can be difficult to find as well. Once you find the trail again it’s not too bad. There are at least three creek crossings so plan on getting wet, or pack some water shoes to change in to. Lots of wolf tracks and bear scat on the trail. There is no trail to the lake that I’m aware of, and that climb is made more difficult due to the grade and the same blowdown and thick vegetation. Not to mentioned you have already hiked over 11 miles over blowdown. The fishing at the lake was not any good. Very disappointed because that was the sole reason for going. The view is good, but there are more amazing views from other trail systems. I would say this trail is worth doing once to check it off, but I would not do it again unless a trail crew or the Back Country Horsemen cuts trail. There are better trails around, and there is better fishing in the Bitterroot that is easier to get to.

hiking
Tue Jan 22 2019

Did part of this train in January with snow on the ground, creek was partially frozen. Several slick spots that had iced. Overall an easy hike, took my dog. Trail does require some off trail navigation towards the end if you are going to do the whole thing otherwise the beginning is very clearly marked.

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Thu Nov 16 2017