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

Super special!! Trail follows the creek most of the way. Extremely pleasant and scenic!! No steep drop-offs. — just easy pleasure. Enjoyed it so much that I hiked it two days in a row!

Tip: Spend the night a Blodget Campground at base. It’s free, small, and quiet! No water and you need to pack out what you pack in. Camp host, Chris, is a fascinating individual and has encyclopedic knowledge about nature and wildlife. Be sure to have a chat with him!!!

Really a beautiful hike. If you go out and back, you can probably do it in about 7 hours. But it’s tough the mile or so before the lake. Going downhill sucked after leaving the lake. Which is clean AF btw. Overall beautiful but may start hating life the last hour. I don’t hike that long very much!

Worth the steep part between miles 3.5 and 4.5. Glad I wore good over the ankle hiking boots.

Gorgeous hike with many vantage points to take in the incredible views along the way... and let your dog play in the water. Worth the extra time and effort to go to the falls 5 miles in!!

Awesome hike with beautiful views and impressive rock faces. There is a rock arch that can be spotted from the bridge about 3.5 miles out. We were a group of 6 including my 5.5 yr old and everyone enjoyed it. The last mile or so before the falls was beside a marshland and mosquitoes were thick; so definitely wear repellent.

hiking
15 days ago

For the ease of access and views it is an exceptional hike to the falls. Need to bring fishing pole next time.

For my first hike it was a amazing start . Make sure you have good shoes with plenty of traction , at one section you have to go thru a forest which is mostly made up of prickly evergreen trees . The view is amazing and totally worth the drive up . Not very much parking and kind of a narrow drive up .

After having done bear creek overlook this trail is not a super good view in comparison. An easy hike though for all ages young-elderly.

Beautiful hike, I was expecting a huge waterfall but supposedly as I was told after hiking this trail you have to off trail it to get to the falls over a rocky area. I have yet to go back and try this.

This trail, after the fire, should be rated as difficult. After a mile in, it becomes difficult to find the trail. Often overgrown, not heavily used, rocks slid down from the fire-caused errosion. Often felt like being off-trail. Worth the hike, but slow and difficult through the long burned section.

backpacking
21 days ago

The trail in is fairly well maintained. Overall, it is a pretty easy hike. My 8 year old was able to pack all of his gear without any problems. The only reason I'm not giving it a 5 star rating is the bugs. They were so bad. One of my daughters ended up with 70 mosquito bites on her back. Bring gallons of bug spray.

hiking
26 days ago

Although the beginning of the hike is just another "up the canyon" hike, the real fun (and work!) starts about 3.5 miles in where you suddenly start a quite steep, exhilerating ascent (about 1,500 ft within about a mile), followed by a slight descent down to the drop-dead-gorgeous Canyon Lake. Although you hear Canyon Creek for most of the way, you don't actually get to see it, except at 0.5, 1, 2,, 3.5, and (at the lake) 5 miles in. Most of way is actually in shade. The trail seems to have been rerouted since the recording of the website track, since there are periodic deviations from this track, which may account for the fact that the round trip is closer to 10 miles than the 8.4 miles mentioned in the description.

Great trail lots of beautiful sights. Wish it was closer to the creek

Well-maintained trail. Only a bit of water on the trail in some spots. The lake is beautiful! We took the spur to Kidney Lake, which requires a semi-difficult river crossing and a steeper incline. But worth it.

Great hike for the dog because water crosses the trail every couple of miles. The trail sign said 5 miles to falls and I'm inclined to believe it. Had to choose workout over enjoying the views because of the rocky nature of the trail and time constraints. Can't believe I've put this trail off. Much longer and challenging than the overlook trail, but much more enjoyable and satisfying.

Beautiful hike and nice trail. Does get a little rocky so you’ll need to watch your step. Breathe taking views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with a huge payoff. A little route-finding and overgrown in places, but not bad. Canyon Lake is gorgeous! And perfect for a brisk dip. Recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail. It’s my own fault that I went too far (turned around about 8 miles in), particularly since the temperature was in the mid-90s. Up until about 3 miles past the falls it was quite nice. After that the trail starts climbing considerably more steeply without any good views. All the berries along the trail were much appreciated!

Great hike, beautiful waterfalls, towering scenery overhead. A lot of bang for the buck here (and by buck I mean amount of hiking effort). The Bitterroots are extremely underrated as a hiking range.

Did this hike in the afternoon after having done the Blodgett Canyon hike earlier in the day. Maybe that's why I think it a little tougher than the "easy" designation would indicate.

Great hike, particularly for a first day after flying in from New York. Not too strenuous, but still a good workout. Went all the way to the waterfalls, with marvellous views all along the way (and some tasty huckleberries to be found).

hiking
1 month ago

The destination has awesome views! The trail is a bit overgrown and could use some cleaning up and marking. Definitely need to pay close attention to stay on the trail.
•Bring sturdy hiking boots (LOTS of rocks)
•Bring lots of mosquito repellent (they were the worst I’d ever experienced)
•Bring GPS capable device
We had a very tough hike starting out around 2:30 in the afternoon in high 80’s. If hiking in the summer, early in the day would be a better idea.
Over all a great, physically challenging hike. I’d do it again under more favorable conditions.

Safe trekking!!

Beautiful! Nice views at the beginning with delicious huckleberrys. Varied surroundings and changes in elevation with lots of streams flowing across the trail and even down the trail itself. We walked across several logs to get across the shallow streams. The trail can be hard to find at times especially in the wet areas. The lake is stunning, but the real jem in my opinion is the waterfall that spills from the lake.

Super easy hike with a great reward ! Bring bear spray and enjoy the wildflowers :)

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Started around 8:30 am and hiked about 4 miles in before turning around. Saw very few people until ~1 mile before trailhead. Parts of the trail were overgrown with vegetation and muddy. Like others have said, parts of trail go through previous burn area that is not very shaded. Will definitely come back to hike in further. The dogs loved it!

Beautiful hike to the waterfall. Easy hike, lots of rocks and muddy sections. A few bugs in dense brush areas. Waterfall and creek are running fast! Loved it!

backpacking
1 month ago

Great Trail. Took my 5 year old son with one of his big brothers. My 5 year old had no problems making it to the lake.

Easy to moderate trail. Beautiful views. Past the Falls is a bit grown in. Make sure you have plenty of water for after the falls. You can’t get close to the Creek for quite a ways.

Lots of wildflowers right now! Heavily trafficked. Past the second bench there is a side trail up to a rocky outlook on the south side of the mountain which was fun but dangerously steep on loose dirt in a few spots, you need good traction and balance and perhaps a touch of willingness to do some sliding on your butt coming back down. At the overlook at the end of the trail there are several spots to go exploring out on rocks to get even better views. Great trail overall.

Didn't make it to the waterfall, but pretty views of river, cliffs, and wildflowers.

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