Sweathouse Creek

Sweathouse Creek is one of the less visited and most picturesque drainages along the east side of the Bitterroot Range. The trail becomes strewn with boulders and downed timber on the upper reaches of the route. These difficulties pale in comparison to the views of both of the Sweathouse Creek waterfalls. The Lower Sweathouse Falls crash majestically over a granite cliff, and the Upper Sweathouse Falls glide over a eroded slab of the granite.

The fairly steep hike makes for a 5 mile roundtrip with a 1,400 foot elevation gain, so the legs got a little bit of a burning workout.

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Boulders on the path

Boulders on the path

Clouds and Spires

Clouds and Spires

Upper Sweathouse Falls

Upper Sweathouse Falls

Upper Sweathouse Falls from downstream

Upper Sweathouse Falls from downstream

Lower Sweathouse Falls over granite

Lower Sweathouse Falls over granite

Head of Lower Sweathouse Falls

Head of Lower Sweathouse Falls

Lower Sweathouse Falls from overlook

Lower Sweathouse Falls from overlook

Unknown Aster

Unknown Aster

The view of up above

The view of up above

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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