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Josh Newkirk
(Newkirk) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Hiking in Montana in the beginning of July on 06/04/2013 22:23:24 MDT Print View

Hey Everyone

I am going to be in Montana this July and was just wondering if there were some trails that people recommend for hiking and trail running around the areas of Troy, MT and Darby, MT or a good source to find such trails.

Thanks

Josh

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
SW Montana hiking on 06/05/2013 07:36:54 MDT Print View

Josh,

Two good general books are Falcon Guides: Bill Schneider's Hiking Montana and Bill Cunningham's Wild Montana. Each has a section on the Darby/Missoula area.

Richard

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: Darby, MT hiking on 06/05/2013 10:45:37 MDT Print View

I know nothing about the Troy area.

Darby is a great little town. You'll have the whole Bitterroot Valley at your feet, with for all-purposes endless options.

Blodgett Canyon is a nice, though crowded, hike. You can do as long and out and back as you like. Quite rocky in spots.

Hiking to the summit of Trapper is also a worthwhile outing, and gives one of the better views of the whole area.

Josh Newkirk
(Newkirk) - MLife

Locale: Australia
montana hikes on 06/06/2013 20:14:03 MDT Print View

Hey Guys

Thanks for the replies. Have picked up the wild montana from amazon.

David, do you know where I can find trails maps and what not for those two hikes you mention? What sort of mileage and elevation is trapper? Also, is blodgett canyon doable in one day?

Also, will I have problems with snow at a certain elevation because it is only the beginning of july?

Thanks

Josh

Edited by Newkirk on 06/06/2013 21:30:31 MDT.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: B-roots on 06/07/2013 10:37:53 MDT Print View

There are numerous shops in Missoula (the Trailhead, REI) in Missoula which carry maps. No doubt places in Hamilton as well (Red Barn bikes).

Blodgett can be as long or as short as you like.

Trapper is around 9k at the summit (I think), and perhaps 10 miles round trip? Might be some snow up high in July, but the 'roots had a lean winter and early spring. Unless you get really up in north facing stuff you shouldn't have issues.