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Warm Springs Creek #103

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Rank: #18 in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area
#60 in MT, #4,089 Overall
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Trail in the area near Hamilton,
“Two trails in one: a gentle creekside climb down low, and a technical beast up high.”
Lance Pysher on Jul 18, 2014
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8.413.5 milesKilometers 2,135’651 m Ascent 6,955’2,120 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -207’-63 m Descent 4,881’1,488 m Low 25% Max Grade (14°)
Description
Depending on which point you access the trail from, you'll probably have drastically different goals in mind. At the bottom, you are probably planning a jaunt along the creek up to Two Good Cabin. If this is your plan, the trail should be rated Intermediate rather than Difficult, since you'll be skipping the hard section. On the other pedal, if you are at Overwhich Falls after riding Colter Creek or Shields Creek, you probably have visions of more downhill adventures.

From the Bottom
Park at Crazy Creek Campground. There is also Warm Springs Creek campground; don't go there, keep on driving.

Ride across the bridge and bounce over the talus. Don't worry, the whole trail isn't like this - it quickly mellows out and begins a gentle climb with the creek to keep you company. In the first mile or so there are a some roots and a few short rock gardens. Eventually, you'll break out into a meadow left over from a fire in the distant past and at 1.5 miles, the Fire Creek Trail #404 junction will appear.

It is obvious which way to go. Fire Creek climbs, and climbs, and climbs. Stay along the creek and enjoy the open meadows for a little while longer, because once the meadow ends the trees get bigger and the canopy keeps the trail in the shade until the upper meadows by the cabin. In this old growth there are the occasionally rooty sections, but nothing too challenging. Cross the creek about 3.5 miles in and encounter some more scree. A little more than 5.5 miles in, the trail forks and the Warm Springs Creek trail is actually the less obvious right fork, but I'm guessing you want to visit Two Good Cabin so stay left on the main trail (Porcupine Creek Trail #205) for another half mile.

From Overwhich Falls
If you are going this way, I'm guessing downhill is your preferred direction. Before that happens hike your bike over the scree in front of you and then hump it up to the saddle a half mile away. Past the saddle the trail descends through a burn and as a result the trail has eroded into a challenge of rocks and water bar drops. This is more fun than it sounds as long as you like natural obstacles, otherwise you might be muttering. Eventually you'll cross to the north side of creek and back into the forest. From here it's sidehilling and a few switchbacks down to the creek bottom and the last 5.5 miles as described above.
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PHOTOS of Warm Springs Creek #103
 3.3 from 3 votes
Having fun dropping a water bar. (Hamilton, MT)
 3.0 from 3 votes
It's all downhill from here. (Hamilton, MT)
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Cruising along Warm Springs Creek. (Hamilton, MT)
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Sometimes even the best of us need to put a foot down. (Hamilton, MT)
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Pick a route through the rocks (Hamilton, MT)
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