Lolo Peak

Lolo Peak Trail

November can definitely mean the start of winter here at our Missoula bed and breakfast. For the moment, however, we are still recommending hiking trails (and not ski areas) to our guests.

The Lolo Peak Trail (#1311) is a favorite. It leads to Carlton Ridge, where hikers will find a stand of subalpine larch, Labrador tea, and mounds of mountain heather. At that point, if your legs are still itching to move, descend to Carlton Lake and then up to the summit of Lolo Peak (over 9,000 feet). The views from Lolo Peak are spectacular; they encompass our fair city of Missoula, the Bitterroot Valley, and the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountain ranges.

Hike to Lolo Peak.

This is a challenging trail, with over 3,000 feet in elevation gains. Hikers will want plenty of drinking water and snacks. The trail to Carlton Lake is maintained, but the journey to Lolo Peak is a scramble, and one that should only be attempted by experienced hikers.

After this hike, you’ll be ready to collapse with fatigue at our bed and breakfast Missoula. Let us pamper you. Soak in a jetted tub for as long as you like, then curl up by the fire with a book or a movie. In the morning, restore your strength with a sumptuous meal prepared by Brady.

For directions to the trailhead and additional information, please see the USDA Forest Service.

Lolo National Forest

The Lolo National Forest is a mere few miles down the road from our Missoula Montana bed and breakfast. While the weather is definitely feeling cold out there, and the snows are on their way, there is still time for a well planned hike or two in the Lolo National Forest while you are staying with us. The Lolo Visitor Centers are filled with friendly and informative staff who can help you find the perfect hike for you – and of course, we always enjoy recommending our favorite trails.

This is where you will want to be after exploring the Lolo National Forest

This is where you will want to be after exploring the Lolo National Forest

The Savenac Historic Tree Nursery is an interesting place to enjoy the outdoors without engaging in strenuous activity. It was a nursery for the forest service until the late 1960s, and the arboretum and visitor center there provide a fascinating glimpse into a part of National Forest history that few people stop to consider – the cultivation of trees.

If you are in the mood for a strenuous hike, consider heading to the top of Lolo Peak. You’ll be rewarded with fantastic views and a hearty appetite to enjoy a fine meal back in Missoula (plus a warm soak in a tub at this Montana inn). Just be sure to check the weather, eat a good breakfast here before leaving, and be prepared for anything before embarking on this hike.