South Fork Lolo Creek Trail - Lolo

Distance: 8.5 miles

Trailhead: Trailhead Forest Road 2160

Trail Ends: Lolo/Bitterroot National Forest boundary

South Fork Lolo Creek Trail (311) is one of the northern most accesses to the Selway/Bitterroot Wilderness. It climbs from South Fork Lolo Creek up the South Fork to a pass above Bass Lake in the Wilderness. The first part is a steep climb above the creek. The trail crosses an old, closed logging road several times up to Lantern Ridge. Then it levels out. About 3 miles past the wilderness boundary there is an open meadow with campsites. The creek is slow and flat across this opening with high rocky ridges on either side of the valley. There is an alpine lake about 12 miles where the trail is only marked with rock cairns. The trail is thickly lined with alpine, Douglas fir and spruce trees all the way up except for several meadows.

Area Map: Lolo Forest Visitors Map

USGS Map1: Dick Creek

USGS Map2: St. Joseph's Peak

Township 11N; Range 21W; Section 6

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Phone: 406-777-5461
Fax: 406-777-7423

Take Highway 12 west of Lolo. Approximately 10 miles from Lolo you'll see the Elk Meadows Road sign. Go left on that road. Two miles up, after 3 cattle guards there is a large intersection with a road that goes left, Road 2160. This is the South Fork of Lolo Creek Road 2160. The Trailhead is a couple miles immediately on your right after crossing the bridge over the South Fork of Lolo Creek. Watch for Trail signs, Bulletin Board and parking area. Stock ramps and hitch rails are a quarter mile farther.

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Backcountry Camping, Bird Watching, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Wildlife Viewing