Hiking to Bass Creek Falls in the Bitterroots

Happy New Year! And what better way to kickoff 2016, then with a winter hike into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and, specifically, Bass Creek Falls. The hike is relatively easy at a length of 3.25 miles to the Falls and an elevation gain of slightly more than 1000 feet. The views along the trail are outstanding with Saint Joe and Bass Peak looming over the canyon. The trail was in really great shape with packed snow and almost no ice (yeah, I hate wearing cleats).

Bass Creek trail in winter

Bass Creek trail in winter

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area boundry

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area boundry

The top of Bass Creek Falls

The top of Bass Creek Falls

Bass Creek Falls flows through a small chasm

Bass Creek Falls flows through a small chasm

Looking up towards Saint Joe

Looking up towards Saint Joe

The light turns golden as afternoon approaches

The light turns golden as afternoon approaches

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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