Palisade Mountain

The Palisade trail is 4.9 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 1348 (Willow Mountain) and ends at Forest Trail 86 (Skalkaho-Gird).

photo: Trail ends at Burnt Fork Lake. Photo by HawkesNest.

Length: 6.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: 18 miles east of Hamilton, MT. In the Bitterroot National Forest, 3 mi. S of Hamilton on US 93 take SR 38 E for 9 miles. Turn left on FR 714 for 20 miles to trailhead.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Ravalli
Longitude: -113.87704
Latitude: 46.316

Driving Directions

From Stevensville take the Stevi cut-off road to Highway 93. Travel south (left) 14.8 miles and turn east (left) onto Woodside Cutoff Rd. Follow for 2 miles, Road will become Willow Creek Rd. Follow for 10.5 miles. Turn north (left) and go 12.4 miles to the trailhead.


This trail skirts the northern edge of the 20,000 acre Skalkaho Game Preserve and ends at Burnt Fork Lake in the Sapphire Mountains. Travel along the ridge trail offers views of the scenic Bitterroot Mountains and opportunities to see big game. The trailhead, 18 miles northeast of Hamilton, MT on the Willow Creek Road, has a developed campsite, horse-feed bunks, and hitchrails.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 10%
Maximum Grade: 25%
Elevation Low Point: 7,500
Elevation High Point: 8,500
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Nick Hazelbaker
Bitterroot National Forest
6735 West Fork Rd.
Darby, MT 59829
(406) 821-3269

Information contact:
Mike Wilson
Stevensville RD
88 Main St.
Stevensville, MT 59870
(406) 777-5461



Trail ends at Burnt Fork Lake. Photo by HawkesNest.

Trail ends at Burnt Fork Lake. Photo by HawkesNest.


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