Missions: Mission Falls

Activity Details

From Missoula:47.8 Miles
Activity Type(s): Day Hikes


The Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness Area covers almost 92,000 acres. It ranges from around 4000 feet in the foothills, to 10,000 foot mountain peaks. Formed 1982, this historic tribal wilderness management plan, was the first time that an Indian Tribal had determined on its own accord to protect a significant portion of its land as wilderness. Cirque basins shaped by the glaciers that bent this landscape created more than 112 lakes. The St. Ignatius Mission was built in the late 1890's. Famous for frescos on the church’s walls painted by Brother Joseph Carignano, this building is listed on the National Historic Register.


From St.Ignatius drive 2 miles east on Mission Dam Road along side of Mission Reservoir to the trailhead. Note that you will need a conservation license to hike on tribal land.