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We started from Pebble Creek and headed northeast staying at P1 night 1, P2 x 2 nights and P5 the final night. On our 3rd day we hiked up Bliss Pass.

When going North you have a steady, rolling up hill gain except the first day of around 900 feet. That leaves a short 200 foot gain over about a half mile on the last day followed by a steady drop to the Northeast parking lot.

Bliss Pass was beautiful and took about 3 hours to hike we stopped often and didn’t rush it. We had glorious views from the top and had a leisurely stay of 2 hours before heading back down which we did in 2 hours.

All 3 camp sites were nice and allowed us to hike in, set up and then explore the area. P5 however is the best of the best!

Truly enjoyed this hike!

This was our family’s first backpacking trip (kids ages 6, 10, 11). We hiked the first half from the Warm Creek Trailhead to the back country campsite 3P2. We spent 2 nights at the campsite and then hiked the other half out to the Pebble Creek campground area. It was a beautiful hike - meadows of wildflowers, mountaintop views, and several fords across Pebble Creek. It was not crowded at all - in 3 days I think we saw about 5 other groups. The first 1.2 Miles on day 1 were brutal!

Great, easy walk along the river. Saw a handful of kingfishers, a few ospreys, and a bald eagle. Fun to imagine the Corps of Discovery heading through the canyon.

Love this trail. It’s absolutely beautiful and the rocky red canyon walls make it hard to believe it’s just mere minutes outside of the Helena city. You DO walk across the dam (despite the signs and gate making it appear that maybe you cannot) to begin the hike. The first half is walking over rocks that have been positioned into a nice walking path, the second half is a sandy/dirt path through trees. It is incredibly scenic and you’re bound to see quite a few boaters and people fishing along the trail. My dogs love being able to wade around at multiple spots along this hike.
My advice: do not go in the heat of the afternoon as there is no shade on the rocky bits and it gets HOT. So don’t do it on a 98° summer afternoon like I did once, hah. Also, careful with dogs or anyone swimming as the current can be quite strong in most areas! Enjoy.

paddle sports
1 month ago

BTW, this is a water trail. Some walking around the state park and waters edge.

Very fun. You'll do some walking across a solid rock wall just down the trail. it's pretty stable. If you make it to around the big bend in the river the water is more calm and fun for animals. if recommend bringing your dogs some water. Mine got very hot and thirsty a mile before it was safe to approach the river. Expect a steep incline if you want to make it down sooner like I did.

lovely hike! there is a small parking lot at the trailhead. walk across the dam (yes, really) then stay to the left for the "public access trail." very scenic views! we only went part of the way (maybe half?) to a point where the trail was a bit washed away and our six-year-old panicked; adults could have made it past this point, but be aware if you have small children.

hiking
3 months ago

Incredible views of the lake! One of my favorite spots in Montana. Take note that even in mid-June there is a ton of snow near the top so if you don’t have snow shoes you’ll be struggling through 3+ ft of snow for about a mile.

3 months ago

trailhead inside bridge construction done

This is a great afternoon walk with access to some really great fishing spots.

This is a nice lakeside park, with excellent beach access for small watercraft.

Cross the dam and follow the signs for the public access trail. It’s been a year since my last hike and this felt more moderate to me. Very scenic and enjoyable hike nonetheless.

Did this hike today. Easy hike with scenic views the whole way

Sunday, June 04, 2017

absolutely beautiful Trail! Would highly recommend!

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Spectacular views of the Missouri River. There were lots of fly fisherman out on a misty morning and were enjoyable to watch. I was a bit appalled by the garbage left by other hikers, they seem to think the fenced in area near the dam in a dump.

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Beautiful scenery, very rocky once you get to the top and make sure you go in the ice caves on the back side! Gorgeous! And my dog really loved getting to cool down in the ice caves before heading back, definitely bring bear spray and we had a couple run ins in this area!

fishing
Monday, October 03, 2016

Did some early morning fishing at this wonderfully beautiful lake. Caught a ton of trout! Very pretty!

We did Warm Creek to Pebble Creek Camp ground 9/9/16. We had a group of 7. The scenery was excellent. We did not see any animals, but we were clapping and making noise for bear safety. The creek crossings were easy. There was always a way to cross so you could avoid wet feet if you are agile. One person in our group did not feel like doing a 12 mile hike so he drove around checking out the park and picked us up at the Pebble Creek campground. The hike took 6 hours. We stopped for about a 15 min lunch and several time to take pictures. The trail was not crowded like other parts of the park we only saw 4 other people on the 12 mile trail. If you cant do the shuttle thing I would park at Warm Creek and hike up to that first meadow and then hike through the meadow to the first creek crossing this was the best scenery. The trail is very clearly marked and maintained we never had confusion about where to go. I highly recommend this hike.

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

trail was moderately difficult. but the view from the top of the ridge and the ice caves were well worth the effort!

hiking
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Superb views and challenging terrain. the waterfall and Ice Caves are worth the leg burning hike. Crystal waterfall is 3 1/2 miles roughly from either trail head. Ice caves are a bit over 5 miles from the trailhead located just outside of Crystal Lakes day use area.

on Flathead Lake Paddle

hiking
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How are there no pictures of this? I was here for the Spartan Sprint Race and wow this was amazing, the only thing prettier is...well...the faces of several un-named friends. All of which would probably gladly make the hike with me (and drive)to catch some pictures of this area. The trail I was on for the sprint is a local mountain bike/hiking/climbing trail of beginner to mid level adventurer. In this local Kalispell is the closest thing that resembles actual city, Bigfork is a North west Mountain town church or four, Bar or two and eatery...Coming out of Kalispell on 82 I think it is check out the flea market, lots of prospecting gear. Beautiful views of Glacier, this is all right along the gateway. well worth the hours of driving.

This trail was wonderful and beautiful day hike. We planned 2 cars for a one way hike, starting at the trail head at the Warm Creek Picnic area close to the northeast park entrance and picking up at the pebble creek campground. The first mile or so is very steep uphill and the remainder is an easy downhill or meadow path. Good hiking boots with waterproofing worked wonders on the many creek crossings. Bear spray and being aware of your surroundings is a must, at the time I went on this trail they recommended at least 3 people and preferred groups of 5 for safety. If you are like me and tend to stop and take a lot of pictures make sure to bring lots of water and snacks to keep you going till the end!

hiking
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dont forget to pack your water shoes! There are stream crossings along the Pebble Creek Trail. The most scenic part is the upper meadows and after a good ascent, the closest access to this area is from the Warm Creek trailhead. However, where should your turn around point be? Provided that you have a vehicle parked at the other trailhead, the entire length is enjoyable. Additionally, most of the hikes I've done in Yellowstone were with only one other person. On the day I hiked Pebble Creek, I had the benefit of feeling quite safe in a group with several companions especially when a section of the trail cut though a dense stand of willows. In areas of low visibility, announce your presence to any bears that may be near by making some extra noise.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Plenty of room to fish here. This is one of my family favorites

hiking
1 month ago

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