Bear Creek Falls

Late autumn hikes afford you the opportunity to capture the timeless nature of things. This is Bear Creek Falls in the Bitterroot Mountains, one of my personal favorite spots that can be reached in an afternoon. The trail follows Bear Creek on the south side as it alternatively cascades over boulders and peaceful sections that glow golden.

Total distance: 5.37 mi
Max elevation: 4800 ft
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Bear Creek trail is mostly covered in larch needles

Bear Creek trail is mostly covered in larch needles

Bear Creek continues to cascade below the falls

Bear Creek continues to cascade below the falls

Bear Creek skims over granite boulders

Bear Creek skims over granite boulders

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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