Willow Creek Trail to Saddle

MODERATE 2 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

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

wildlife

snow

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

This USFS trail does not get a lot of use but is not hard to follow, particularly in early spring or late fall when there is less undergrowth. Great place for isolation, as I've been on it twice and still haven't run into another hiker. Beautiful scenery at some of the clearings as well as nearly panoramic views at the saddle. Good workout too (in my opinion), as the elevation gain is pretty consistent the entire way. The last 1,500 feet was above the snow line when I went, so the last segment was hard (should have brought yaktrax or similar). If you go in summer or when there is less snow, there is a trail downhill and east from the saddle that continues to Burnt Fork Lake, which is apparently beautiful and well-worth it.