There are many good hikes near Missoula. Since guests of our Missoula Bed and Breakfast frequently arrive with hiking boots on their feet and daypacks on their backs, we’d like to feature some favorite hikes in the blog from time to time.
Blodgett Canyon / High Lake trail is located in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area, one of the largest such areas in the country outside of Alaska. It isn’t a rigorous hike, gaining only 1200′ in elevation over six miles, but the scenery is spectacular from the get go. The trail leads through an old burn now lush with vegetation. Keep an eye out for climbers on the the impressive canyon walls.
A waterfall at the 4.5 mile mark is a good picnic spot and end point for most day hikers. Those who start early and long for more miles may continue to the High Lake Trail junction at the 6 mile mark. The next two miles climb over 2000 feet in 2 miles. It’s a brutal climb, but the rewards are great: stunning views of Blodgett Canyon and the High Lake basin.
Blodgett Canyon trailhead is about an hour south of our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. We encourage our guests to enjoy the gourmet breakfast offered here at the inn before embarking on any hike, and to put your feet up and relax in our garden or deck after the hike.