Sweeney Creek Trail

Total Miles
6.2

Elevation

1802.84 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

summer, fall

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Trail Overview

4x4 high clearance switchback dirt road. This trail begins through a gravel residential neighborhood, signs ask to drive slow and keep the dust down. There are a few narrow one-lane sections that run up the ridges with pull-outs at the top and bottom of each section. Take note of pull-outs along the way. Halfway up the trail it gets more rutted and would be muddy and prove difficult after snowmelt or a good rainstorm. This is a beautiful drive in the fall with the leaves changing colors. The trees thin out and it opens up the last couple switchbacks towards the top of the trail to stunning views out over the Bitterroot valley. At the end of the trail is a small dirt parking area for the Sweeney Creek Hiking trail and there is a walk-up dispersed campsite at the top of the hill with to die for views. This road is not maintained in winter. Sweeney Hiking Trailhead has an adequate parking area for 3-5 cars. It accesses Sweeney Ridge Trail #393, a number of mountain lakes, and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. There are no facilities.

Difficulty

Easy

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

From Florence, MT drive south on Hwy 93 about 1.5 miles and turn right (west) onto Sweeney Creek Loop. Where the road turns left (south) after one mile, continue straight (west) for about 0.4 miles on gravel past residences to a junction.