Kootenai Falls, MT

Kootenai Falls were spectacular

The last thing I wanted to do before leaving the Libby area was to hike to the Kootenai falls.  I was going to drive out there Monday since I thought I would be driving east when leaving Libby, however after talking to Butch, the camp host, he suggested driving a different route to the Missoula area.

This would take me past the falls so I decided to head to the laundromat and did about two weeks of dirty clothes.  I’m glad I got that done so I wouldn’t need to look for a laundromat later on down the road.

So I got all hooked up and headed west toward Troy, MT.  The falls were about 11 miles out of Libby and you could tell where they were by all the parked RVs and cars.

It was a short hike to a swinging bridge where you could get a great view of the river.  There were signs posted stating how dangerous the river is in the spot.  Nine people have lost their lives including rescuers attempting to save others.  I hiked to the swinging bridge and took this pic from it.

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This was taken from the trail leading to the bridge.

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Finally as I was returning I discovered a trail that led closer to the falls.  What a view this was.

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Heading South

My plan was to head west and then south to Thompson Falls, MT.  But as I was traveling down Highway 200 I noticed along the Noxon Reservoir many signs indicating National Forest campgrounds.  I decided to stop for a minute and check in my “Free Campgrounds” book what was available in the area.  I found many in the area and headed for the North Shore NFS Campground just outside of the town of Trout Creek, MT.  What a find!

There were quite a few campers there but I was lucky to find a nice site among the trees.  It also looked like it might be a good spot for my solar panels as well.  Plus the cost was only $5 per night with my “Geezer Card”.  I paid for two nights and got settled in.

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I am behind on my blogging and I apologize, but unfortunately I have been in areas where I have very poor Internet access.  Sometimes I can get on and other times forget it.  As far as uploading pics it is very slow.  The pics in this post took between 20-30 minutes EACH.  I can normally upload 10-15 pics in just a few minutes with a good Internet signal.  I am hoping I can catch up once I get to Missoula tomorrow.

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7 thoughts on “Kootenai Falls, MT

  1. Great pictures of the falls. The river definitely is dangerous and people don’t stop to think about that especially if they’ve been drinking. Go to the Smoke Jumpers School in Missoula.

  2. Great pics, I was at the falls and bridge Wednesday. I am headed west to the coast and stopped at the Bonner County fairgrounds in Sandpoint, ID. It is a great campground with hookups.

  3. Really enjoy your posts.. thanks for doing it! These pictures are terrific. My 2 little 4 footers are about the same size as your roommate…. such fun and “boy howdy”- they never miss a trick!

  4. Jim, love your posts, been following you since Cnbc interview. I live in Missoula, and would love to meet you. I have a free place to park if you want to check it out.
    Bev

  5. What a beautiful and rustic area you went out of the way to find. I am glad you did. Looking forward, as usual, to many more photos. Appears you are planning your venture very well.

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