Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
2,500.00 ft (762.00 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
7.00 mi (11.27 km)
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Saint Mary Peak is a peak in the Bitterroot Mountains. It boasts an impressive 2,000 feet of prominence and can easily be seen from the valley floor below. It is one of the most acessible peaks in the Bitterroot Mountains that is over 9,000 feet, so it tends to get a little crowded. From the summit, be prepared to be amazed as you can see the surrounding peaks of the Bitterroot Mountains, the Bitterroot Valley, the Saphire Mountains, the Rattlesnake Mountains, the Swan Range, and the Mission Mountains. The trail is very well maintained and is extremely dog friendly.

There is a fire tower at the top that is manned during fire season. This peak is accessible in the winter for backcountry skiing and snowboarding as well. There are deer, bears, wolves, and elk in the area. Snow persists on the mountain well into July, so make sure you're prepared to slog through some. The highlight of the summit is the open air toilet that will be the best view you've ever seen while using the facilites. All in all this is an incredible day trip that you will not want to skip!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Views. Beautiful hike.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

6,851.00 ft (2,088.18 m)

Highest point

9,351.00 ft (2,850.18 m)

Net Elevation Gain

2,500.00 ft (762.00 m)

Features

Vault toilet
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Missoula + Bitterroot Mountains, Montana
Missoula + Bitterroot Mountains, Montana

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Missoula + Bitterroot Mountains, Montana

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