Hiding behind a wall of steep forested hills lies the crest of the Northern Bitterroots. This section of mountains forms the boundary, both on maps and in physical presence, between Montana and Idaho. The mountains are rugged, the lakes pristine, and the views expansive. This section is West of the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness, yet deserves to be designated wilderness in its own right. Along this section of Bitterroot ridge runs a long segment of trail called the Stateline Trail. Alpine Running Guides runs two different trips along portions of the Stateline Trail, and this trip, affectionately called Peaks to Lakes, trip is the first of those two trips.
For the Peaks to Lakes trip, we will take you up and over Torino Peak before joining in with the Stateline Trail just above Cliff Lake. This section is gorgeous! You will be able to look down on the blue waters of the lake as we run along the ridge high above. Who knows, we may even see some eagles as we traverse Eagle Cliff! From there we will continue south along the ridge with several fantastic views of mountains and alpine lakes in Idaho and Montana. Then, after circumventing Binocular Peak we will get picked up just above Missoula Lake where you will enjoy a scrumptious post-run lunch and can take advantage of a short massage before heading back to Missoula.
The total elevation gain for this trip is significant, but relatively low compared to some of our other trips. It is challenging, but we rate this trip as acceptable for intermediate-and-up trail runners. We recommend you have completed a 10-15 mile trail run before joining us for this adventure. Please call us to see if this guided trail run along the Stateline Trail is the trip for you!
Date: June 24th, 2018
Depart: Runner’s Edge in Missoula at 7:30am
Return: Early Afternoon
Distance: 11.5 miles point-to-point
Elevation Gain: 2536′
Surface: Single-Track Trail
Cost: $125 per person
-Transportation to and from Runner’s Edge
-All hydration and nutrition needed for the run
-Two Insta-worthy pictures
-Post-Run Shakeout Massage
-Alpine Running Guides tee
-A hassle free adventure led by WFR certified guides
The Stateline Trail – Part 1 trip is permitted to be on the Lolo National Forest by the Superior Ranger District of the United States Forest Service.