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Kootenai Creek Trail

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Alt Names

Bitterroot National Forest, Stevensville Ranger District, Kootenai Creek, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

Last Known StatusOpen

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


Nearest CityStevensville, MT
AddressNorth 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.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesMontana OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restrictionnarrow terrain
narrow trails
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesProhibited
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
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
BicyclesSome Areasmechanized vehicles permitted up to the posted wilderness line
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingNo
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on the trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.




Contact InfoBitterroot National Forest - Stevensville Ranger District
88 Main Street
Stevensville, MT 59870
(406) 777-5461
Contact InfoMontana OHV Permit Info



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Miles Of Trail11
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3550 to 6300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (S)Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital (406) 363-2211
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SE)Ole's of Stevensville (406) 777-1179
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SE)Ole's of Stevensville (406) 777-1179
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (N)Charles Waters Campground (406) 777-5461
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)River Park Storage (406) 777-5562
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SE)River Park Storage (406) 777-5562
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (N)Charles Waters Campground (406) 777-5461
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Ole's of Stevensville (406) 777-1179
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (S)Como Lake Beach (406) 821-3913
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (S)Como Lake Boat Ramp (406) 821-3913
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