Friday, August 21, 2009

Blodgett Overlook Trail

Hiking
Location: Near Hamilton, Montana
Duration: 1 Day
Season: Spring - Fall
Distance: ~ 2.5 miles, round trip
Difficulty: Easy


The Blodgett Canyon Overlook trail is located on the edge 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.

A vast wild land with some of the roughest mountain areas on earth. A country of high ridges dropping off into steep-walled canyons. This trip affords a spectacular peek into one of those canyons. Namely, Blodgett Canyon with some of the largest balolithic spires in the Northwest.
Blodgett Canyon is not only spectacular to view, but it’s considered a rock climber’s paradise with hundreds of climbs.

As for this trip, it's an easy 2.5 mile trail, which ends in an overlook of Blodgett Canyon. The trail and area surrounding it were burned in the 2000 fire season. In fact, it was the Lolo Hotshots that built the trail in the first place, back in 1993.

The fires have made it very interesting to visit and watch the forest recover naturally. There is abundance of wildlife ranging from Elk to Chipmunks, even woodpeckers that are utilizing the burned trees.

But the main reason for coming is the view. The overlook is, in my opinion, the 2nd best overlook in the country (Glacier Point, Yosemite is the best). There are three benches to rest on along the trail and mountain bikes are allowed.

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 Overlook Trailhead and Canyon Creek Trailhead. There are signs.

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


See you on the trail,
--Greg

All Day Energy Runners


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