I did this hike last year but never got around to posting anything about it. A couple weekends ago, we piled into the car and headed to Paradise Valley to see how far we could get on the trail. We knew we would be able to make it to Pine Creek Falls about a mile in. Pine Creek Lake is about five miles up, but there are water crossings that were likely to be too high to cross if the snow didn’t stop us first.
Last year, I stopped at the base of the falls. This year we went the top and then a bit more before our hangovers stopped up. At the top of the falls, you can see out the valley on both ends. Like so much of Montana, it’s beautiful.
The hike to the base is a pretty easy mile. At that point, you have to cross the creek via logs and start climbing up on switch back to the top of the falls. It’s probably about a mile up since you switch back and forth so much, but it is worth it.
This is another one of those easy hikes (to the base) that you can do in a short amount of time with someone visiting. If you want to, you can camp right at the trail head. Pick a day and hike.