Explore the most popular trails near Lolo 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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1 month ago

This is not 9.4 miles. It is closer to 13, if you go to South Lolo Peak (the named one on this app and Google maps). The initial route shown is not to either Lolo Peak (North Lolo or South Lolo).

Once you get to the vista point, you can continue down to the lake, only if you want to scramble up the face of North Lolo Peak. Which is rather rough. There is a trail that heads west, above the lake but it is not marked, as of 9/16/18.

Once up top of N. Lolo Peak, there are great views of Missoula and Frenchtown. Atop S. Lolo Peak, there are peaks for days. Gorgeous views.

trail running
1 month ago

Seeing this area the year after a major burn is wild. The trail currently still has a lot of ash and fallen logs, but it’s still gorgeous.

For reference on directions, Mormon Creak Road and Mormon Peak Road or two completely different things. To access this, drive about 3 miles west on highway 12 and turn left on Mormon Peak Road. Drive all the way up and you’ll find the trailhead.

FYI the final climb to the top of the peak is a bit tricky. If your ready for a major adventure, you can handle it though.

hiking
1 month ago

The best and nicest FSR I've driven up. From the Mormon Rd Bridge it is exactly 8.2 miles. The trail is open but this trail goes thru a sever burn area. Might not want to do it on a windy day. Trail is full of shiny pyrite flecks. Nice trail Recommend

1 month ago

GPS route via Mormon Creek Road is inaccurate, you need to take HWY 12 route. 8/25/18, trail is open and accessible.

Trail is a little more steep in areas due to recent re-dig after the fire. Creek had stopped flowing but standing water made little pond we didn’t cross.

hiking
2 months ago

Let me start by saying the rating of moderate is accurate but the description is egregiously understated. First and foremost, their is no clearly identifiable “loop” to be found and in this rocky, cliff type terrain, can be very dangerous. It is important to note as well that at least 60% of the trail is made up of very small to large, loose shale rock making the walk for those who may be less than sure footed, a very difficult trek. Their are also areas which require navigating short but steep, rock outcroppings. All in all, hiker beware, the views are beautiful but it is not a normal, “moderate” hike.

The trail is also listed as “dog friendly” which couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are many cliff areas and large smooth rock ledges that once a dog was on it, was not able to keep from sliding off. In addition, by the time we got up and determined that it was not safe to continue to look for the “loop” route, all of the flat shale rock surfaces had gotten so hot our dogs pads were beginning to burn with no other option but to speed up an trail with less-than desirable footing to begin with. Not “dog friendly!”

Being a seasoned hiker, I would go back for the challenge and views but but I would not take my dogs or anyone not confident or comfortable with varied trail surfaces and scrambling up and down rock piles and outcroppings.

2 months ago

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

Will try again some other time!

mill creek road is gated and padlocked. cool. didn’t get to try the hike.

Pretty trail, lots of campsites nearby

Burnt out, but very pretty

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Did have to contend with a few downed trees across the trail though

5 months ago

A few downed trees and some spots with interesting rock footing. But it was very beautiful

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. A few downed trees on the trail, but passable. This site is featured by the National Forest Service as a place to see big horned sheep. I didn’t see any, so I will be back. Warning: watch out for ticks.

A nice outing, but the majority of the trees have been burned because of the fire last year. But our dogs loved the hike!

Monday, July 03, 2017

We loved this hike. The mid July water was gushing along the side of the trail. Flowers everwhere! Challenging pace going uphill with amazing views.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Easy to find and if in the mood to be in the trees, so relaxing. Many grouse along the way to be on guard with dogs who want a chase. Final point has beautiful scenary.

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Didn't have enough time for a real long hike, so I decided to check this one out with my dog, Todd. I was pleasantly surprised by this little gem of a hike. There are signpost spread throughout that correspond to a little brochure you pick up at the start of the trail. I now know how to identify Douglas Fir pines, Lodgepole Pines, Ponderosa and Larch pines. I learned about the Batholith boulders and got to take some sweet pics of the valley below. The beginning is a little tough as it is a gradual climb for the first 3/4 mile or so. But it's a beautiful hike with a lot to learn.

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

directions from trailhead were hard to follow, but I ended up taking a game trail to the lookout inevitably cutting the time and mileage in half.

hiking
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Good hike. Agree with the other review.. this is not the hike with the waterfall. It's an uphill hike with views of Lolo Peak. Nice views. Tough right now because there is still a ton of snow, so it'd make a great snowshoe.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A local favorite hike. Easy quick access from town. No long scary mountain drive up the mountain. Great views and a waterfall. Great for kids and dogs.

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Steady uphill that takes you down to the bottom of the peak makes for a fun challenge but once you reach the summit, there are so many lakes in sight and such beauty. Was an all day hike, a day well spent!

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Followed the GPS route listed here. No falls, I think this trail is being confused with one down in the Bittterroot Valley with the same name. This trail leads you up a ridge for a ways with views of Lolo Peak. Some cool open views once you get to the top of the ridge.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Lots of snow! Great hike, we cut down to the lake and added some extra time on. Was well worth it!

on Mill Creek Trail

Sunday, October 30, 2016

it was a beautiful fall hike today it's actually about 3.3 miles into the falls..beautiful colors and trail was well maintained.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

had to trek through some snow on the way up but the trail was in great shape and beautiful views. Will try and make it to the peak next time

Sunday, June 05, 2016

There was a lot of snow still so I didn't make it all the way to the lake but it was still a very good hike.

on Lolo Peak

Monday, June 15, 2015

A great hike! Loved the subalpine larch and views!

hiking
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Love this Trail. I've done it twice, both times in the Winter. Once went really well the 2nd time it was a major post hole nightmare, but looking back I laugh. :) I do enjoy this trail and it's close to town so it's very convenient.

hiking
Saturday, April 26, 2014

The trail starts in a a damp forest and then climbs up into drier, sunnier mountain terrain. There is constant noise from the highway though I only hiked a couple miles before turning back. The only flowers I saw were buttercups and blue bells though it was very early in the year. According to my iPhone, the buttercups were at 46.770556, -114.445278 and the blue bells were at 46.770833, -114.443889. The place was infested with ticks so take precautions if you go during tick season. Overall, I'd say that there are better trails to hike early in the year (April). I'll update this if I happen to go again.

hiking
Friday, January 20, 2012

I've been here a few times. Very pretty hike. The trail leads to a lake which has a good view of the peak. There is no trail beyond the lake however. Bushwhacking is required if you want to get to the very top, which I learned can turn into an interesting and physically challenging adventure. When you reach the top though, the spectacular views make it all worth while. This trip took us about 7 hours, with a 40 minute break for lunch.

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