About 5.5 miles south of Ronan, MT, turn east off of Hwy 93 onto Eagle Pass Road. Follow for 3.9 miles. Before you enter the Cheff Ranch, turn left (north) onto the canal access road and proceed for 0.8 miles to a forested parking area on the left. The footbridge across the canal is a few steps away. Parking is limited, perhaps enough for 10 cars at most. Do not park along the narrow canal road.
Parking area for Eagle Pass Trailhead.
Footbridge at trailhead.
Cross the footbridge and follow the good trail through open forest to a two-track jeep road. Cross the ruts and continue along the gentle, moss-lined path that gently rises out of fir and pine into a cedar stand. In a few minutes you will hear a stream ahead on your left. Shortly after, the trail takes a hard right, ascending a switchback to gain a low ridge. This switchback is a short, rebuilt portion of the trail. Logs have been conspicuously laid across the old path. Look for cut logs lining the new path.
The trail intersects an old, partially overgrown skid road. Go left along the road, ascending its easy grade.
Dark cedar forests line the western footslopes of the Mission Mountains.
Well this hike got interrupted by a bear. Specifically, one Lucy decided to chase all the way back down the mountainside. So we'll try again next year, after the snow melts. I'll repost this article then, with new pics and updated info.