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Up Bass Creek Road outside of Stevensville and southwest of Florence, Larry Creek Complex awaits to be experienced by all. The area is especially horse-friendly with a well-maintained trailer parking area. The complex offers more than 10 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback-riding trails in the rolling Bitterroot foothills.

The loops range in length from 0.4 miles up to 6.5 miles. The latter happens to be the namesake trail: Larry Creek Loop (also known as the Bass Day Use Trail). It’s the southernmost trail out the parking lot, following an irrigation stream. The lush trail overlooks rolling meadows that cradle old barns. Small bridges cross over the creek and the trail meanders along pleasant bends with the sound of running water always near.

The half-mile Fitness Trail makes a short loop through the foothills. The wide, brush-free trail passes through open pine forest with soft pine needles underfoot, making it popular with trail runners. The Nature Trail, slightly longer than the Fitness Trail, passes through riparian habitat along Bass Creek (making it a little more attractive of a walk). The Fire Ecology Trail (2.5 miles) traverses a 1994 prescribed burn, giving a glimpse into the role wildfires play in forest ecology at nineteen marked points along the pleasant route.

The low elevation of the Larry Creek Complex makes it an attractive hiking option year round, for any ability. It’s easy to spend a whole day criss-crossing trails throughout. To find Larry, take Highway 93 south from Florence for four miles and turn right at Bass Creek Road. In two miles, turn right on Larry Creek Toad (near Charles Water Memorial Campground), and continue to the large trailhead parking area. Camping overnight outside of the designated campgrounds is prohibited.

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