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Trail Well Traveled – 12/1

Welcome to the Trail Well Traveled!

Each Friday, in partnership with Montana Wilderness Association we feature a fun Montana trail and then give one lucky listener some goodies to get them started on their weekend adventure!

Kootenai Creek, Trail #53

Enjoy glimpses of the raging creek, views up scree slopes to rocky cliffs, and shady forest on a trail accessible – and spectacular – any time of year

Roundtrip: 9 miles

Directions: From Missoula, head south on Highway 93 about 6.9 miles past Florence. Turn right (west) on Kootenai Creek Road, which is marked with a brown Forest Service sign. Drive 2 miles to the trailhead, which has a handicap-accessible bathroom and space for about 15 vehicles.

What to expect: The trail is a bit rocky for the first mile and runs close to the creek, which has a strong flow year-round. If you are with small children, keep a close eye on them for the first half-mile.  The next 3.5 miles are a steady climb on an easy grade uphill and at times a couple hundred feet above the creek.

The wilderness boundary is approximately 2.5 miles from the trailhead. At 4 miles there is a very small creek crossing, and about a quarter mile after that you’ll hit a marvelous flat spot high above Kootenai Creek. It’s great for a picnic or camping. The views from here beckon you to hike further west toward spectacular craggy snow-capped mountains.

Learn more about this trail, file your own trip report and photos, or check out some other great hikes at And don’t forget to tune in to the Trail 103.3 each Friday at 9:50 am for the next featured trail and your chance to win!

Big thanks to Rangitsch Bros RV for sponsoring the Trail Well Traveled. Proudly serving Missoula for over 56 years, whatever camper best suits your needs Rangitsch Bros has got it!

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