Bitterroot Mountains

The Bitterroot Mountains are part of the Bitterroot Range, running north-south from I-90 to the Salmon River and making up much of the Idaho-Montana state line. The mountains abut the Clearwater and St. Joe Mountains, which make up the Bitterroot’s western boundary. To the east the Bitterroots are bordered by the Bitterroot River. The mountains are named after the Montana state flower, Lewisia rediviva.

PhotoTrailRatingDifficultyDistanceDurationElevation GainHigh PointLow PointTypeFeaturesStatusAdministrationFees and PermitsMapsOpen ToSeasonTrail#Resources
Bacon-Bean Loop4.4 / 5Moderate36.0 mi20:00 h6,000 ft6,665 ft3,743 ft
  • Lollipop
  • Mountain
  • Lake
  • Grove
  • Riverwalk
  • Meadow
  • Wild and Scenic River
  • St. Joe National Forest
  • None required
  • Red Ives Peak
  • Chamberlain Mountain
  • Bacon Peak
  • Sherlock Peak
  • Hikers
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Mountain Bikers
  • July-October20, 66
    French Lake3.5 / 5Moderate5.8 mi 2:20 h1,710 ft6,171 ft4,396 ft
  • Out-and-back
  • Grove
  • Lake
  • Meadow
  • Proposed Wilderness
  • Lolo National Forest
  • None required
  • Straight Peak
  • Hikers
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • June – October143
    Great Burn Loop4.9 / 5Moderate46.8 mi19:21 h8,605 ft7,320 ft3,330 ft
  • Loop
  • Grove
  • Lake
  • Meadow
  • Mountain
  • Structure
  • Waterfall
  • Proposed Wilderness
  • Lolo National Forest
  • Clearwater National Forest
  • None required
  • Bruin Hill
  • Saint Patrick Peak
  • Schley Mountain
  • Straight Peak
  • Hikers
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • July – October103, 738, 110, 101
  • Great Burn Wilderness Map
  • Lone Lake – Stevens Lake Loop4.1 / 5More Difficult7.0 mi 3:20 h2,862 ft6,835 ft3,933 ft
  • Loop
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Meadow
  • Waterfall
  • Structure
  • Unprotected
  • Coeur d’Alene National Forest
  • None required
  • Mullan
  • Hikers
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Year-around138, 165
    Nelson Ridge Loop3.3 / 5Moderate17.2 mi 5:41 h3,350 ft5,739 ft2,413 ft
  • Loop
  • Mountain
  • Riverwalk
  • Meadow
  • Unprotected
  • St. Joe National Forest
  • None required
  • Avery
  • Sheefoot Mountain
  • Hikers
  • Horses
  • Mountain Bikers
  • June – November
    St. Regis Lakes to Copper Lake Loop3.6 / 5Strenuous9.7 mi 3:55 h2,481 ft6,400 ft4,404 ft
  • Loop
  • Mountain
  • Lake
  • Meadow
  • Unprotected
  • Lolo National Forest
  • None required
  • Lookout Pass
  • Mullan
  • Hikers
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • June – October265, 267, 16, NorPac
    Upper Siamese Lake4.1 / 5Moderate1.0 mi 0:40 h307 ft6,878 ft6,466 ft
  • Out-and-back
  • Lake
  • Meadow
  • Proposed Wilderness
  • Lolo National Forest
  • None required
  • Bruin Hill
  • Hikers
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • July – October