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A nice walk along the river in the heart of Bigfork. Wonderful for kids and dogs.

17 days ago

Is it possible to park a motorhome at the trailhead? And if not, what is the camping like nearby?

2 months ago

Big Creek Hike as the local sign postage has - Swan River Trail is flat, long, and easy to navigate. Today there was about 16" of powder/packed powder on the trail so normally this trail would be a walk. Nice and quite, this path allows for views of the river and quite self-reflection. Bring the pup if you got one!

There are two routes from Mystic Lake, the first trailhead breaking off to the Southeast, shortly after the Mystic Lake dam, will take you up numerous switchbacks leading to a 6+ mile hike across froze-to-death plateau leading to the saddle approach. (Hint: stay high on the plateau, to the east, it has a tendency to push you lower, as you think you are heading more direct to the peak but this leads to getting out on the many peninsulas and can cause a lot of additional distance)

As far as the Princess Lake route that is shown, this can be a spectacular trip and, as stated, is much harder in full pack than the plateau route.

The route shown from Princess Lake to Avalanche Lake is basically impassable without climbing gear. I have rappelled down this section but I would not recommend up climbing it as it is very loose and very steep. (Extremely frustrating with full packs!)

A better route from Princess Lake is to follow the light trail from the west side of Princess Lake that follows the drainage from Snowball Lakes, then bear east, staying North of Storm Lake and around the Northern tip of Avalanche Lake, and then south along the eastern shoreline until reaching the approaches to the Granite Peak Saddle.

Be prepared for serious boulder hopping for several miles along Avalanche Lake. Tighten down your pack as you’ll be needing to jump over pretty deep chasms as you proceed.

There is a small area at the southern tip of Avalanche Lake to overnight, but probably 3 tents, max!


Easy hike. I recommend following the waterfalls up the mountain, most people stop at the first.

on Spanish Peaks

4 months ago

Hike is easy for the first 3-4 miles and quite strenuous for the remaining few. Rocky, steep sections prove difficult, but the high mountain terrain, striking views, and fly fishing make the trip more than worth it.

One of my favorites, with great views! easy for all ages

6 months ago

Area is nice, but I can't consider this a hike. A brisk walk at best.

Difficult indeed. No water on the way. Bring plenty. Hiked on the 4th of July in 90 degrees.

It's a great hike. Easily accessible. It's very easy and not to much nature, which is why I have it a 3 instead of higher. Still a beautiful, enjoyable trail.

A must do hike

Nice easy flat hike, great for an afternoon stroll, take some of the side trails for a view of the river and lake. We took the trail all the way to the paved road. We also saw deer.

This is an incredible hike! However if you want to summit Granite Peak, I suggest going the Frozen-to-Death plateau route. This route is difficult to navigate with a pack between the Mystic Lake trail and Avalanche Lake. It is beautiful though!

8 months ago

Great training hike (pretty strenuous, especially if you take the most difficult way up the M) with panoramic views of the valley.

Beautiful trail, a bit to popular for me although I usually hike it a few times a year because it's so close to town. I recommend checking it out.

very easy with kids. nice leisurely walk along the river. saw deer and people rafting

We took our 7year old grandson, who had no issues with the length. The falls are amazing!!!

Super pretty walk :)

Hike that can be done without any pack if you wanted to go minimalist. Easy and flat enough to take young children on; very safe, wide, well maintained, and stable trail.

9 months ago

Nice walk with the family

9 months ago

Really liked this trail to the Falls. You walk through an area of dead fall trees and then up the ridge and down to Morrell Lake. You make a left on the trail to continue to the Falls. Over a bridge and around to the Falls. The spring melt was in full force an the falls were overflowing and powerful as shown by the pictures attached. Well worth the trip.

The only difficulty of this home is it's length. You do walk through some large beetle kill standing timber which is cool. There is a pin towards the end that would be difficult to fish. You will not be alone on this trip.

The river is beautiful and you can't go wrong with a hike in this area. Easy enough for my 4 year old to do it all himself.

Traffic noise once you get past the dam is the reason for only given two stars

on Baldy Peak Summit

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A fun trail going up with great views of, both, the valley and the expansive country going east. There are steeper inclines in multiple areas which make the descent more of a controlled fall than a leisurely down-mountain stroll. A good one to check off the list.

beautiful usually traffic but beautiful

Monday, February 20, 2017

today was Feb. 19th. it was over 40 degrees, so the trail was very slushy. it is a flat trail. other users were very considerate.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Pros: Pioneer Falls and Creek, beautiful scenery through Flying D Ranch access road, moderate grades
Cons: Heavily used horse trail, horse droppings

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The directions are wrong. You have to park at the m and then keep going up. These directions take you to a private road out in Bridger canyon (maybe it used to be the trailhead but not anymore)

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