Canyon Creek & Lake in the Bitterroot Mountains

Difficult, but this hike offers great views of Canyon Falls before reaching Canyon Lake. We arrived late (just before noon), and the parking lot  was already filled. This lot serves both the Canyon Creek Trail and the Blodgett Canyon Overlook trailheads.
The trail starts off easy for the first 3 miles, although it is a rather rocky and you’ll want to watch your step and ankles. Tracing Canyon Creek in the woods, then reaching the rock walls of the cirque that holds Canyon Lake. This is where the real climb begins. The elevation gain over this mile is over 900 feet. Once at the top, it flattens out a bit and we skirted the rock face with views of the falls. Almost a half mile later, we lost 140 feet, and gained back 80 feet. The altitude of Canyon Lake 7323 feet.
Total distance: 10.37 mi
Max elevation: 7398 ft

The Vida Portion of the Program

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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