OverviewBold Peak is located in the very southern portion of NW Montana's Salish Mountains. While not dazzling in any way, shape, or form, it is still a mountain and proved to be a nice little bushwhack. This hike would be good for anyone with limited time due to weather or for testing foot injuries...which is why we did it.
Views from the summit are limited due to tree cover on the north, west, and south sides. Visible to the east from the summit are Haskill Mountain, Blacktail Mountain, and the Hubbart Reservoir.
Getting ThereDrive 29.2 miles west of Kalispell on Hwy 2 to #879. This is signed as the North Fork Murr Creek on Hwy 2 and is located on the east side of McGregor Lake. Turn left here and drive up the mountain 4.18 miles to #5583 which is the third left. This road is not signed at the intersection! A map of the Lolo National Forest is very helpful in negotiating these roads. After turning onto #5583 drive 8.05 miles until finding the large parking area on the right side of the road on the south side of the mountain. Enroute, you will pass the parking areas for both Castle Rock and Murr Peak.
After parking, pick a line and head up the steep hillside through the logged burn for about a 1/4 mile and you will find the trail that heads toward the trees and the summit. While heading up, nice views of the Cabinets, pictured below, (photo by JFKitty) present themselves to the west.
The trail heads toward the summit for not quite a 1/2 mile and then begins descending when it hits the treeline. At this point, the bushwhack to the summit begins. After about another 1/2 mile, which includes a false summit and another logged area, the summit area, pictured below, is reached.
|Terrain||One-Way Mileage||Elevation Gain|
|Bushwhack up ridge||.26||326'||Trail||.42||79'||Bushwhack to summit||.46||216'||Total||1.14||621'|
Camping and Red TapeBold Peak is located in the Lolo National Forest which is bear country. Don't hike alone, make noise as you hike, and carry bear spray and know how to use it. We didn't see any bear sign on Bold Peak, but the Salish Mountains are chock full of healthy-sized black bears and the occasional grizzly.
There is no water available on this hike. A map of the Lolo National Forest is helpful in negotiating the many Forest Service Roads. Bug repellent is an absolute necessity in Montana in June, July and August. No ticks were seen on this hike.
The closest campground is at McGregor Lake.