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Great Bear Wilderness

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The 285,771-acre Great Bear Wilderness is located just south of Glacier National Park and northwest of the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the Flathead National Forest. The Great Bear has elevations from 4,000 feet along the Middle Fork Flathead River to 8,705 feet at the top of Great Northern Mountain. Great Bear Wilderness, montana.com

Trails lead into the wilderness from Hungry Horse Reservoir, Spotted Bear River, and Two Medicine River. The Wilderness contains more than 300 miles of trails. That's a lot of trails to choose from! Ridgetops to gently sloping meadows and forested river bottoms, the Great Bear has it all. In addition to hiking, the Great Bear has excellent camping, hunting, fishing, whitewater rafting, cross-country skiing, and photography opportunities.

Wildlife in the Great Bear Wilderness include wolverine, deer, elk, moose, grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. The Flathead River and the streams that flow into it provide fishing for cutthroat trout, dolly varden, whitefish, and kokanee salmon.

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