Hiking The Easthouse National Recreation Trail
The 10th most popular hiking trail in Montana.
Monday 25 July 2016 03:52 GMT
Southeast of Missoula and Lolo in the Bitterroot National Forest, the 70 mile Easthouse National Recreation Trail (Bitterroot Rock Creek Divide Trail #313) follows the Skalkaho Mountain divide north from Skalkaho Pass.
The northern trail access is at Sawmill Saddle located southeast of Stevensville. From here, the trail runs south along the crest of the Sapphire Mountains for 70 miles until ending at the Continental Divide Trail about 1 mile south of Hidden Lake inside of the Anaconda Pintlar Wilderness Area. Most of the hiking route is between 7,000 and 8,000 feet in elevation which offers up amazing vistas of the Bitterroot and Pintlar Mountains. Along the route, you will want to watch for brown bear, mountain lions and wolves.
There are two forks along this trail. One fork of the trail joins the Palisade Trail. The other fork follows the divide north along the Skalkaho Game Preserve.
Overall, Easthouse National Recreation Trail is the 10th most popular hiking trail of all 19 hikes in Montana. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Easthouse National Recreation Trail including Sawmill-Curry Trail System, Lolo Trail and Blue Mountain National Recreation Trail.