Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Blodgett Canyon Trail

Location: Near Hamilton, Montana
Duration: 1 Day
Season: Spring - Fall
Distance: ~ 6 miles, round trip
Difficulty: Easy

This trip is located at the doorway of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the third largest Wilderness in the Lower 48. This Wilderness forms a rugged, glacier-carved border between Idaho and Montana.

This vast wild land is one of the roughest mountain areas on earth, a country of high ridges dropping off into steep-walled canyons. The barren peaks don't hint at the dense forests below, where streams and lakes offer excellent trout fishing and wildlife habitat.

This trip affords a spectacular hike up one of those steep-walled canyons. Namely, Blodgett Canyon with some of the largest balolithic spires in the Northwest. The hike up Blodgett Creek offers an easy day trip up to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

It follows a beautiful creek that is choked with waterfalls and beaver ponds. Probably the most attractive reason for hiking this trail is the beautiful views of the Blodgett Spires. There are six major rock formations that vary in height from 500 to 1,500 feet tall. Blodgett Canyon is not only spectacular to view, but it’s considered a rock climber’s paradise with the trail being the approach to hundreds of climbs.

There’s wonderful trout fishing in the creek, the trail is very horse friendly and mountain bikes can be taken up the trail to the wilderness boundary only.

Also, there are bears in the area and they do frequent the campground and trailhead. Although, the bears still have fear of humans and quickly run away when you make your presence known.

Directions: Drive Southwest on US Highway 93 for about 44 miles and then turn right (West) onto Bowman Road at the cement plant. If you cross the silver bridge on Highway 93, you’ve gone too far. Go 0.6 miles on Bowman Road and turn left (South) onto Ricketts Road, stay on rickets Road for 2 miles, taking a 90-degree turn to a four-way intersection. Continue straight on what becomes Blodgett Camp Road for 4 miles to Blodgett Campground and Trailhead. There are signs, however don’t take the left that leads to the Canyon Creek Trailhead.

For a map, pictures and more info click on Blodgett Canyon Trail

See you on the trail,

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