OverviewSunday Mountain is a tree-covered peak in NW Montana's Salish Mountains. Reached by a well-maintained Forest Service Road, this mountain is a great choice when you have a short window to be out in the woods, for whatever reason...typically in NW Montana, your short window would be caused by the weather, as was the case the day we made the summit. It is also one of the many mountains in the Salish Range that sported a lookout in years past.
Getting to the summit of Sunday Mountain from this point is simply, an uncomplicated two-mile one-way Forest Service Road hike gaining an easy 522'. There are two forks in the road along the way, simply stay to the right at each fork and the road will take you all the way to the summit area where a lookout once stood. In fact, if the second gate were open you would be able to drive to the summit in a 4WD vehicle.
You can add 6 miles one-way and an additional 1610' of elevation by parking at the bottom of #3732 where it intersects #36 for a total of 8 miles one-way and 2132' of elevation. There are also numerous pull-outs and other FS Roads along #3732 on the way up so there are many other variations of distance and elevation available.
Summit ViewsDue to clouds and trees the views to the north and the east were obscured.
Camping and RedTapeSunday Mountain is located in the Kootenai National Forest which is bear country. Don't hike alone, make noise as you hike, carry bear spray and know how to use it.
The closest campgrounds are located at Stillwater Lake Campground and North Dickey Lake.
Parting ShotThe Sunday Creek drainage begins south of Sunday Mountain and runs to the NW, eventually forming the Sunday Lakes which drain into the Stillwater River. Between the beginning of the creek and the lakes you can find the dramatic Sunday Falls pictured below on May 21, 2011 during a time of epic snowmelt in NW Montana.
You can get to Sunday Falls by continuing from the parking area at the gate on #3732 onto #3729 and driving SE and turning left on #315 and driving NE for several miles around the south side of Paul Mountain and eventually turning right at the sign indicating Sunday Falls.