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Skalkaho Falls
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This is a novel falls that is highly accessible. You will be driving this Podunk road in July far up into the sapphire mountains when suddenly you round a corner and presto, a tantalizing behemoth of a waterfall stretches out before you. Also to note would be the swarming crowds of people that seem to appear and disappear in and out of no where. Try to reach this place when there may not be as much traffic, like week days in the summer or during the fall and late spring. The falls is quite impressive with its height and cascading style. Be sure to check out Gem Mountain where one can find sapphires with often quite successful results.
Drive east from Grantsdale on Montana Secondary 38 into the Sapphire Mountain range for 31 miles to the falls and a pullout next to them.
The name “skalkaho” is believed to come from an Indian word meaning many roads. A story written by the founder of Grantsdale, H.H. Grant on March 14, 1894 in the local paper, the Western News, alluded to the name and subsequent naming of nearby Skalkaho Creek.
The Bitterroot Mountains and the Bitterroot National Forest are named after the “bitterroot plant”, which is Montana’s state flower. This used to be an important food source for the indigenous Indian tribes. The plant is very bitter in it’s raw form, but it was a fine meal when boiled and mixed with berries or meat. The boiled bitterroot was pulverized and then seasoned with deer fat, berries, moss, and then molded into a patty, which were carried on hunting or war parties.
Just a mile east of Skalkaho Pass on the right hand side of the road is Mud Lake access. This is a alpine lake that is in the process of turning into a peat bog. For a unique hiking experience visitors can traverse this by using an accessible boardwalk.
Black Bear Campground (USFS) in the Bitterroot National Forest is located 13 miles east of US Highway 93 on the Skalkaho Highway (Montana Highway 38). This campground at a elevation of 4500 feet, is adjacent to Skalkaho Creek has 6 campsites, handicapped accessible toilets, no camping fee and a 14 day limit on staying there.
Crystal Creek Campground (USFS) is beautiful small alpine campground close to Mud Lake that is 31 miles southwest of Philipsburg on the Skalkaho Highway. There are only 3 campsites, 16 foot maximum trailer lengths, potable water, pack-in pack-out, toilets and no camping fee.
Stony Campground (USFS) is 18 miles west of Philipsburg off of upper Rock Creek Road. There are 10 campsites, handicapped accessible toilets, potable water, with no fee. This campground is located on both sides of Stony Creek a quarter of a mile from the famous fishing stream, Rock Creek.

Falls Information
Area: South West MT
Stream name: Skalkaho Creek
Stream size: Small Creek
Falls height: 150 ft.
Elevation: 6225
Latitude: 46.2587547302246
Longitude: -113.826683044434
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