Sweathouse Falls Hike – Winter Edition

Sweathouse Falls has always been my favorite water in the Bitterroot Mountains with its stream falls off a sheer face. Another reason that this hike is among my favorites is its relatively little use (i.e. no people). This time around, Jeff and I hiked to the falls with a fresh layer of powder snow. As we hiked, squalls blew in and strong winds cause avalanches of snow from the towering larches. When we reached the falls, they were encased in ice and wind was screaming…so no drone flight (but thanks Jeff for carrying it all the way here).

 

Total distance: 5.94 mi
Max elevation: 5167 ft
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Jeff trudging through the snow

Jeff trudging through the snow

High cliffs above Sweathouse Creek

High cliffs above Sweathouse Creek

The top of Sweathouse Falls, which were mostly encased in ice

The top of Sweathouse Falls, which were mostly encased in ice

Sun, wind, and snow...interesting weather

Sun, wind, and snow…interesting weather

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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