Expansive views, early Fall colors, and endless wild country await!
September in Montana mountains is a time for orange colors, chilly air, and special trail running. Our Stateline Trail East trip is no exception.
We begin this run looking down on the blue water of Missoula Lake and continue East traversing the rim of a variety of drainages with their own lakes. Steep alpine meadows dot the slopes along the trail with plenty of opportunities to spot elusive mountain goats.
The summit of Illinois Peak marks the high point of this run with unhindered views in all directions. We don’t dawdle long as crisp fall air makes for a chilly stop, and we always feel for the person who used to staff the lookout in this exposed location.
On this guided trail running adventure we get a little bit of everything with some mixed alpine forest, some open ridge running along the lowest elevation true tundra in Montana, and the option to summit two peaks.
Stateline Trail East may be the most mellow trip on our 2021 calendar. Keep in mind it’s still a challenge, but it clocks in right at 11 miles with approximately 2,500′ of gain. If you’re looking to get the best scenic value for your effort, this may just be the trip for you! We still recommend that you have completed a 13+ mile trail run and have completed a 2,000′ day of climbing (hiking or running) before joining us on this guided trail run. Please contact us to discuss if this trip is a good fit for you!
The Stateline Trail East trip is permitted to be on the Lolo National Forest. Permission is granted by the Superior Ranger District of the United States Forest Service.
"The views, the laughs with Sara and Forrest, and even some trail running tips along the way make the entire experience more than worthwhile. We will definitely be back!"