Blodgett Canyon in Montana

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Blodgett Canyon

Located just northwest of Hamilton, Montana, Blodgett Canyon might rival all nearby canyons with the most impressive cliff walls, scenery, and activity. You can hike, bike, horseback ride, and climb.

What can I do and see in Blodgett Canyon?

  • Scenery
    While other canyons are also easily accessible from the Bitterroot Valley, Blodgett Canyon might be one of the most spectacular. Giant cliff walls and buttresses jut out over the canyon below. Even if you don't do anything else, drive out to the trailhead and take in the view.
  • Hiking
    There are a handful of hiking trails in the Blodgett Canyon. From Canyon Creek Trailhead, follow the 2.5 mile round-trip Blodgett Overlook Trail to a spectacular view. From the Blodgett Canyon Trailhead, follow the Blodgett Canyon Trail for as long as you like. There is a cutoff to High Lake roughly 6.5 miles in. If you plan on going to Blodgett Pass, roughly 12 miles in, you should plan on staying the night.
  • Climbing
    Blodgett Canyon is home to some of the best big wall climbing around and when you arrive at the trailhead it immediately becomes obvious why. Peaks and buttresses like Prow, Drip, Nez Perce, and Blackfoot are great for climbing to name a few. Stop by a local outdoor store and get a climbing book and some advice before venturing out on your own.
  • Mountain Biking
    While very technical in places, mountain bikers love the challenge of the Blodgett Canyon trail. You can go out and back as far as you like, but plan on about 6 miles round trip.
  • Camping
    8 sites at the National Forest Service Blodgett Canyon Campground are available right at the trailhead. All are first come, first served. There is a vault toilet and water spigot.

Where is Blodgett Canyon?

Just northwest of Hamilton, Montana, follow the Blodgett Camp Road west to the trailhead.