Willow Creek Trail to Saddle

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Willow Creek Trail to Saddle is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Corvallis, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,644 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


mountain biking

nature trips






1 month ago

We thoroughly enjoyed this trail. Be prepared for a climb, but not an insurmountable one. In mid-September there were several small creek crossings that we passed without difficulty. The views of the Bitterroots were fantastic along the way. The last half mile or so through the meadow is also a nice treat after the long and steady climb. I believe the trailhead would be accessible for all vehicles. The Sapphires are often over looked and this was a great trail to escape the sometimes big crowds in the popular Bitterroot hikes.

2 months ago

Much more steep than expected. Trail ends (at least as far as I could tell) at sign.

over grown
2 months ago

the trail head a well worn trail straight ahead and one heading off to the left, I took the straight one. I looked at a topo map, the trail to the left goes to Gleason Lake. Burnt Fork Lake looks like 4.5 miles up the straight trail. Gorgeous cliffs about 2.5 miles in, huckleberries were in season, and amazing wildflowers. the trail opens up at the top about 3.5 miles in to an amazing meadow. Bring your bug spray and plan on getting your shoes wet, I went in early August and still crossed about 7 streams.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

So first off, road up isn’t too bad. However this hike is a climb almost every step to the top of the saddle. Too hazy to see mountains today, but nice rock slides and views of Palisades Mountain. Lots of wildflowers and beautiful creek photo opportunities. Bring snack and lots of fluids on warm days. It’s a trek! Moderate is probably accurate considering much of the trail is loose rock and horse travel up there hasn’t helped the creek crossings. Most are easily navigable if you look around and find alternate routes to keep dry. But I can see earlier in season, or if any rainfall at all, there being a great deal of mud and potentially wet feet.

Monday, July 09, 2018

This trail was often covered in water and had to cross the creek a few times, no bridge. So be prepared to get your feet wet and muddy, and bring bug spray, Mosquitoes and horseflies. The hike description notes 7.3 miles and we walked 4 miles and turned around before we hit the summit which takes you down to the lake. It would also be good to name the lake in the hike description. After doing the hike and looking at a topo map it must be burnt fork lake. Also on the topo map there is another lake called Gleason lake, but didn’t see a trail to that one. The trail was a bit overgrown in one part but still easy to follow. We ran into other hikers that noted that the lake was about 5.5 miles in so this would be an 11 mile hike NOT 7.3 miles. A bonus is a nice rock cliff and waterfall.

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