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A dedicated, long-time wilderness mountaineer, Michael Hoyt writes

guidebooks for the wild areas surrounding and including

the Bitterroot Mountains.


The Bitterroots are extremely popular to those seeking outdoor recreation.  From one-pitch trad, sport, and top-rope climbs in Kootenai Canyon, bouldering near Lost Horse, multi-pitch big wall aid climbs in Blodgett and Mill Creek Canyons, plus mountaineering and hiking to the high peaks, the “Root” provides unlimited opportunities.

At over 1.3 million acres, the Selway-Bitterroot is the third largest Wilderness in the Lower 48.  California’s Death Valley and Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return are the only larger Wilderness areas.  This vast wild land is one of the roughest mountainous areas in the developed world.  It is a country filled with barren peaks rising high above the dense patches of forest below.

Wilderness Hiking

The Bitterroot Mountains, a portion of the Rocky Mountains, are probably the best known peaks of the Bitterroot Range, Montana’s largest range.  The range runs along most of the border between Montana and Idaho.

Mountain Climbing

The summits between Lolo and Lost Trail Passes are often referred to as the Montana Alps.  Despite approaches up to 20 miles in length, the glacier-swept horns, ridges, and high cirques attract serious climbers to the windswept granite peaks.


A person could spend a lifetime in these mountains between the Lolo and Lost Trail Passes and never run out of new and interesting things to see and do.