Colt Creek Trailhead


Although this trailhead requires some patience in order to get to it due to narrow and bumpy roads, the pay off is well worth it.  Approximately 2 hours southwest of Lolo, MT or 2 hours and 45 minutes east of Kooskia, ID this moderately strenuous 12 mile hike along the stunnning Colt Killed Creek, adjacent to the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, offers ups and downs, mountain views, river fishing and the sound of rushing water through steep canyons. Backpackers, day hikers and horseriders alike will be delighted with the bountiful views and serene environment. There is very little parking available at the trailhead so if you have a large group please consider carpooling.

At a Glance

Fees No Fee.
Open Season: July
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Lolo, MT
Water: Drinking water is not provided
Restroom: 1 vault toilet
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-942-3113

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Day Hiking

The Colt Creek Trail is a fairly easy 12 mile hike along the Colt Killed Creek Trail.


Long-distance backpackers may like to use the Colt Creek Trail as the first segment of a longer shuttle hike to either the Bear Creekor Big Creek trailheads on the MTside of the Bitterroots. 

Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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Scenic Driving

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Winter Sports

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3500' - 4700'