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Kootenai Creek Trail

Saturday, October 01, 2016
Alt Names Bitterroot National Forest, Stevensville Ranger District, Kootenai Creek, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
Last Known Status Open

This popular non-motorized trail is roughly 11 miles long and eventually connects to the scenic Kootenai Lakes. The narrow trail follows a creek that winds through a steep canyon wall and forms several waterfalls.

According to the Stevensville Ranger District, this trail is open to mountain bikes up to the wilderness line (posted), but it is narrow and due to the scenic views it is very popular with hikers and so it may not be the best choice for mountain bike use.

The staging area offers a vault toilet and a kiosk. The area is open year-round but the best time to visit is during late spring through early fall. For current trail conditions contact the Stevensville Ranger District at (406) 777-5461.

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***ANNOUNCEMENTS*** (October 2016)

 * Motorized Vehicles Prohibited 
This trail is not open to motorized vehicles.

Nearest City Stevensville, MT
Address North Kootenai Creek Road, Stevensville, MT 59870
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From: Missoula, MT
1) Take US-93 south abut 25 miles
2) Turn right (west) on North Kootenai Creek Road, continue about 2 miles toward staging area.
Area Trail
Land National Forest
Rating Rating    Very Good    
Recommended Stay Full Day
Permit Required Yes Montana OHV Permit
Dates Open Year-Round
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width No Restriction narrow terrain
narrow trails
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Prohibited
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Prohibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Prohibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered) Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Bicycles Some Areas mechanized vehicles permitted up to the posted wilderness line
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night Riding No
Cross Country Prohibited riders must stay on trail
Fireworks Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance *Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.
Parking ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Contact Info Bitterroot National Forest - Stevensville Ranger District
88 Main Street
Stevensville, MT 59870
(406) 777-5461
Contact Info Montana OHV Permit Info

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Miles Of Trail 11
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 3550 to 6300 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard Pack The trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
Sand This trail has no sandy areas.None
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has little rocks.Little
Trees The trail has almost all trees.All
Steep Hills This trail has some steep hills.Some
Water Crossings The trail has few water crossings.Few
Small Jumps This trail has no small jumps.None
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This national forest has almost all single track trails.All
Roads This national forest has no roads.None
Shade This national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has little expert terrain.Little

First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (S) Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital (406) 363-2211
Gasoline Gasoline 1-5 Miles (SE) Ole's of Stevensville (406) 777-1179
Diesel Diesel 1-5 Miles (SE) Ole's of Stevensville (406) 777-1179
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (N) Charles Waters Campground (406) 777-5461
RV Hookups RV Hookup 1-5 Miles (SE) River Park Storage (406) 777-5562
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 1-5 Miles (SE) River Park Storage (406) 777-5562
Primitive Camping Campground 1-5 Miles (N) Charles Waters Campground (406) 777-5461
Convenience Store Conv Store 1-5 Miles (SE) Ole's of Stevensville (406) 777-1179
Swimming Swim Area 5-20 Miles (S) Como Lake Beach (406) 821-3913
Body of Water Water Body On Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 5-20 Miles (S) Como Lake Boat Ramp (406) 821-3913

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