Best Lolo Pass Cross Country Skiing

The 6th most popular XC Ski in Montana.

  Missoula, Montana, US


  August 8, 2016

Southwest of Missoula, the Lolo Pass region bridges both the Lolo and Clearwater National Forests high in the Bitterroot Mountains. Dont underestimate the size or the ruggedness of the Bitterroots! The Lolo Pass Winter Sports Area (Idaho Park-n-Ski permit required) is open from December through March. This heavily forested area provides access to over 80 km of backcountry ski trails, including 10 km of groomed track.

The 3.2 km Glade Creek Trail is the easiest. The 13 km Pack Creek, 9 km Granite Pass and 11 km Lee Creek A Trails are more difficult. The most difficult trails in the area Moose Ridge (23 km), Lee Creek B (11 km) and Wagon Mountain B (11 km), which leads to NFS Lee Creek Campground and Lolo Hot Springs (skins may be required). The only groomed track is Packer Meadows (10 km).

Overall, Lolo Pass is the 6th most popular cross country ski area of all 30 Nordic ski destinations in Montana.

Local Contacts:  Lolo National Forest (208) 942-3113; CNF (208) 476-4571; Montana Visitors (800) 847-4868 or 541-1447.

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Mixed

Base Camp:  Lolo Hot Springs (406) 273-2290

Luxury Loding:  None

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  46.6349, -114.5803

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  8/8/2016

ID:  7290

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