Big Blue View

Total Miles
15.2

Elevation

1812.66 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

This trail is well maintained from the west side due to a communication site at the top of Blue Mountain. Once reaching the top of the mountain, there is a lookout tower allowing 360-degree views, and on clear days one can see Glacier National Park. It is mostly gravel when approaching from the west and turns into a two-track when coming off the top of Blue Mountain in the direction of the Koocanusa Reservoir. Once entering the two tracks, the road has small rocks, a few tight switchbacks, and great views. There are small water erosion ruts that can channel water in heavy rain or snow runoff.

Difficulty

Easy

History

There is an "unmanned" lookout tower at the top of Blue Mountain.

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

Leaving Libby, MT travel toward Lake Koocanusa up HWY 37. Take a left hand turn on to FS road 228, travel up this road passing the Koocanusa dam, until coming to a cross roads. Take a left onto FS 333 and merge left onto FS 615 also known as Barron Creek Road. Travel down Barron Creek Rd until you come to a 4 way intersection, take the left hand road known as Blue Mountain Road or FS 4816. This is the start of the trail from the Lake side. Once completing the trail from this entrance you will end up on Pipe Creek Road. A left hand turn onto Pipe Creek Road will lead back to Libby, MT. This trail is accessible and drivable from both directions.