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Carpooling to be determined closer to the hike. The trail head for Big Eddy Trail #999, is just off of Montana Highway 200, 45 miles east of Sandpoint, ID and 45 miles west of Thompson Falls, MT . Near MP 6.5 ± is the intersection of Forest Road #2292, which turns away from the river up the hill. Up the road 100 yards, there is a switchback and the trail head is in that corner. There is room for about four or five cars near the trail head. It’s marked with a brown gilsonite lath with the number 999 on it.Hike Description:
Join this day hike up the Big Eddy Trail #999 to Star Peak. Although Star Peak acquired its current name several years ago, long time residents, and some old maps, will know this as “Squaw Peak”. Climbing a little over 4,000 feet over 5 miles (one way), this hike will end up being about 10 miles. The hike is a steady climb through forests sprinkled with huckleberry bushes, bear grass, and stunning views. Once we reach the summit and enjoy lunch, we will return on the same trail to the Big Eddy trail head.
Come prepared for a full day of hiking. Make space in your backpack for plenty of water, as the route is “dry” with no water source along the trail. Snacks, lunch, layers of extra clothes, rain gear, and sunscreen are always advisable in the mountains. Maybe bring along your binoculars and a camera.