Solomon Ridge to Rock Creek

HARD 1 reviews

Solomon Ridge to Rock Creek is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Clinton, Montana that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,900 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

trail running

forest

river

views

wildlife

blowdown

Trailhead is approx 25 miles from the Florence roundabout. Plan for about 2 hours of driving on mostly backcountry/remote roads, with many switchbacks. Recommend 4WD with decent clearance, don't even consider taking a passenger car. From Florence roundabout area, take Eight Mile Creek road east up to the Eight Mile Saddle (great views), then after another mile or so, take a hairpin right turn onto USFS road 4249. Follow this road 12 miles until it dead-ends at the Solomon Ridge trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty long drive on rough roads to get there, and the initial part of hike is not easy due to the excessive deadfall. That said, there are some truly spectacular views overlooking Rock Creek and its valley at the end. If you live in the bitterroot valley to the west of the Sapphires, it's very difficult to see Rock Creek from this high vantage point without flying in a plane, so in my opinion it was well worth the effort. We ran out of water on the return with about ~2 miles to go because we chose not to descend all the way to the creek from the end viewpoint (it's fairly steep), so I'd recommend carrying extra in case you make the same decision.