Vinal Creek Trail #9/ Purcell Summit

0 Reviews
Trail Distance: 25 miles
Time Estimate: 10 hr 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 746 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description
Vinal Creek Trail #9/Purcell Summit is a challenging hike that can take all day. It's not a particularly steep trail, and has only moderate elevation gains despite its long length. The length is the hardest part. It can take upwards of ten hours to hike this entire trail and get back to the parking lot by the trailhead! 


Despite the length of the trail, the journey up Vinal Creek Trail #9/Purcell Summit starts on an easy note. The first three and a half miles are very mild. The trail runs parallel to the creek here, and is mostly flat. If you're looking for a taste of adventure without going too far, following the flat portion of the trail will make for an approximate seven miles round trip.

After the first three and a half miles, the trail starts to pick up. You'll tilt back and start heading for the top of Mount Henry! The trail gets tougher the further you climb onto the mountain. It will be worth it in the end, when you can look down on the valley for a view unmatched anywhere else in the area. There are regular switchbacks. It may be tempting to stray off the trail and shorten up your 25 mile hike, but resist! The trail is hard packed soil. It's easy to follow and easy to walk on. Once you step off the path, you'll have to contend with much less even footing. The risk of injury increases, so stick to the path. 

Your dog should stay on leash throughout the hike. There's plenty to sniff along the sides of the path, so don't worry that your pup won't enjoy the experience! Help preserve the gorgeous Montana landscape by keeping your dog at your side. 

If you're looking to go the distance, Vinal Creek Trail #9/Purcell Summit can put you and your dog to the test! 

Trail Features
Forest, Diverse Landscape, Rocky, River
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Regularly check your dog's footpads for signs of injury. Sharp rocks or hot ground can hurt them just like it can us. Make a simple checklist every time you stop--check your dog for ticks, check their paws for injury, and give both of you a little water to drink!
Address
31374 US-2
Libby, MT 59923
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset
Be The First To Review
Address
31374 US-2
Libby, MT 59923
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset