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Holland Falls - Trail No. 416

 

Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

The view of the Mission Mountains overlooking Holland Lake from the Holland Falls Trail No. 416.

Directions: Turn east off Highway 83 near mile marker 35 onto Holland Lake Road. Stay to the left at all road junctions. After passing the Day Use Area and Campground, the road comes to a dead end at the trailhead, about four miles from the highway.

Length: 1.6 miles one way

Elevation: Trailhead: 4,050 feet; Falls: 4,800 feet.

Usage: Heavy: Hiking. No motorized, stock or mountain biking.

Services: Parking and vault toilet at trailhead. Holland Lake Campground and Day Use Area is just down the road.

Overview: This is a highly used trailhead as it is one of the main access points to the Bob Marshall Wilderness along the Swan Front. The trail to Holland Falls is very popular and it is typical to meet several hikers along the way.

A short distance from the parking lot is a trail junction that separates the traffic going to the falls, Trail No. 416, from the rest. From here in, hikers shouldn't run into horse traffic. The 1.6-mile trail to the falls is open only to hikers.

The first two thirds of the trail skirts the north shore of Holland Lake with little elevation gain. Once it departs the northeast corner of the lake, hikers will climb approximately 750 feet in elevation before reaching the falls.

Visitors are also reminded to practice Leave No Trace, Leave No Weeds and proper trail etiquette techniques.

Associated Trails:

• East Holland Lake Connector Trail #415: This trail connects the trailhead to the East Foothill Trail #192 at 1 mile, Holland Lookout Trail #42 at 1.5 miles and ends at the Holland Gordon Trail #35 at 3 miles. The trail is open to hikers and stock but closed to mountain bikes and motorized vehicles.

Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

At the base of Holland Falls, 1.6 miles from the trailhead.

• East Foothill Trail #192: A 7-mile trail heading north from the East Holland Lake Connector trail along the base of the Swan Front and ends at the Cooney Creek Trailhead.

• Holland Lookout Trail #42: This trail is rated difficult due to it climbing 3200 feet in 4.5 miles. The trail begins at the junction with the East Holland Lake Connector trail and ends at the Holland-Sapphire trail #48.

• Holland Gordon Trail #35: This trail is heavily used by stock to access the Bob Marshal Wilderness. It starts on the south side of Holland Lake at the Owl Creek Packer Camp. The trail climbs up the Holland Creek drainage to Upper Holland Lake (5.7 miles) and then over Gordon Pass (8 miles).

 

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