Mill Creek Falls, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

Ah…Tuesday morning and time for hike with good buddy Jeff. Today’s target trail is the Mill Creek to a 60 foot waterfall with an excellent swimming hole at its base (no swimming today, weenie mode). This trail is an absolute gem with a continuous rock wall on the north side of the drainage, and open mountainsides (a result of wildfire) to the south. When you approach the waterfall at the 3.3 mile mark, you walk on great monolithic slabs of granite. The riparian zone of Mill Creek produced Olive-sided Flycatcher (quick three beers) and Fox Sparrow.

Roughly halfway through the hike, we crossed into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, one of the largest wildernesses in the Lower 48 States at 1.3 million acres.

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness boundry

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness boundry

The waterfall in Mill Creek is very peaceful cascade that flows over smooth granite. Next time, I will take advantage of the swimming hole for a little cooling dip (it will hot enough this summer).

The return trip was nice steady downhill to the trailhead, which we arrived at around 10 AM.

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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