Explore the most popular trails near Florence with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Two important things to know:

1) the trail is CLOSED as of September 2017. It was still closed per a sign at the trailhead on July 28 2018. This is not listed on the USFS website for some reason.

2) as some others have noted, your GPS will take you to a dead end of private land with no access to the trailhead. Directions to the trailhead are: take highway 12 form Lolo West 3 miles to FS road #612 (signs for Mormon Creek). Proceed 8 miles up Forest Road #612 up to the trailhead.

October 2017. Lots of down trees, due to the summers fire. Very interesting to hike through the burned areas - some places it burned very hot and there’s nothing left. Some fire retardant still around, which make some areas look like hiking through. a technicolor dreamscape. It’s a different experience than usual, but very interesting. The fallen trees make it more challenging and slower than usual.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

I'd do it again, but just not with 4 kids in tow next time

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beautiful hike! The first mile is steep! About 10 miles to the lake. A little bit of snow at about mile 2 but clears up quickly. Completed 6/13/2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

We followed google map's directions to the trailhead but encountered a no trespassing sign along the way so turned around to find a different way to access the trail. Found another road on google maps but after going across a one-lane bridge, the road quickly became so rocky and steep that we decided not to continue. Disappointed we couldn't find the start of this trail.

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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Beautiful hike! The first part of the hike is very steep but worth it to power through.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Beautiful views, open and clearly marked trail. Snow for the last mile in...gorgeous hike.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Have done this hike as a weekend backpacking trip every summer for the past 4 years. features great views and an amazing lake with stellar fishing!

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Monday, October 10, 2016

It was a quick hike in with AMAZING views. Bring bug spray if you want to hang out around the lake.

Great trail!! We ran most of it... Beautiful lake at the end! Really steep for the first 3km

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Wonderful hike. Good uphill slope, beautiful views of mountain ridges and the Bitteroot valley. Lake was very buggy. Beautiful forest. Waterfall and springs along the way.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

We backpacked in the five miles with my wife and five kids and had a great time. The elevation change is deceptive on the topo maps the lake is only 600 feet above your start point but careful observation will note the 1800 feet up and 1200 feet decent back to the lake. Beyond Peterson Lake are two more lakes about three miles further and worth the hike as well.

As noted by others, if you are looking at a day hike this would be a tough hump for kids.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Hiked this trail last month with my son. Terrific scenery from a rock overlook. Wild flowers & Bear grass were in bloom. Bypassed Peterson Lake after a couple & fishermen said they were run off by flies & mosquitos. They were correct. Continued to Lake Duffy & took a quick cold dip. Take plenty of water or be prepared to refill from springs.

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Sunday, July 06, 2014

This trail leads you to Peterson Lake which is also found on this app. I reviewed it there. First couple miles are pretty tough, mostly uphill!

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Sunday, July 06, 2014

This trail is also called Sweeney Ridge and it kicked my butt. The FS road to reach the trailhead was the first test of my resolve. Make sure you have some good tires, a few sharp rocks litter the narrow, winding road up the side of the mountain. It was slow going but my Camaro (yes you read that right) made it though.

The hike itself started out pretty tough for me. The trail itself is pretty well maintained. The first couple miles are mostly uphill. However there are rewards for sticking it out. There are a few overlooks that give you amazing views of the Bitterroot's sheer walls, crags, snow capped peaks, and Peterson Lake. You'll come across some streams of runoff that you'll have to hop over. You'll find some relief when you finally realize you're going downhill, only to remind yourself you'll have to hike back up to get home. I stopped about a mile short of the lake because I was done hiking up and down the hills for the day and knew I had to slug back to my car, but I plan to return. This would be an excellent multi-day hike/camp.

Traffic was pretty light for a weekend. I came across several groups of hikers, but few and far between. I really didn't see any wildlife, but quite a bit of wildflowers if you're into that!

I wouldn't recommend this trail to beginners or kids, but it's well worth the time and soreness to explore!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

MODERATE...my foot! Seriously, this is a gorgeous hike but the first mile and a half is very challenging. Very steep trail feels even steeper with a 12 pound pack. Nevertheless, it's quite worth the exertion.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Friday, June 27, 2014