Crow Creek Falls

Radersburg, Montana

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A stunning waterfall in a place you don’t expect it. This hike was in the first edition of this book, but it was removed after a maverick miner moved into this holding in the Helena National Forest in 1981, dredged below the falls, and denied access to the public. In 2003 the area was acquired by a nonprofit organization, American Land Conservancy, and reopened to the public. So, it seems, since this is such a wonderful hike, it was also time to put it back in "Hiking Montana." This is an excellent early-season hike that you can safely take after the Crow Creek opens in mid-May. The trail is in excellent shape all the way, and it’s obvious the Forest Service is taking great care to make this route a nice hike. The Forest Service plans more improvements on this trail in 2004–05, which should make this an even better hike. That is, of course, so apropos because the falls is truly remarkable. The force of the water casts up a fine mist that makes the entire area around the falls much more lush than the fairly dry environs all around it.
Hiking Montana

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Hiking Montana

by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A stunning waterfall in a place you don’t expect it. This hike was in the first edition of this book, but it was removed after a maverick miner moved into this holding in the Helena National Forest in 1981, dredged below the falls, and denied access to the public. In 2003 the area was acquired by a nonprofit organization, American Land Conservancy, and reopened to the public. So, it seems, since this is such a wonderful hike, it was also time to put it back in "Hiking Montana." This is an excellent early-season hike that you can safely take after the Crow Creek opens in mid-May. The trail is in excellent shape all the way, and it’s obvious the Forest Service is taking great care to make this route a nice hike. The Forest Service plans more improvements on this trail in 2004–05, which should make this an even better hike. That is, of course, so apropos because the falls is truly remarkable. The force of the water casts up a fine mist that makes the entire area around the falls much more lush than the fairly dry environs all around it.

©  Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Radersburg
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Trailhead Elevation: 5,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,950 feet
Local Contacts: Helena National Forest, Townsend Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Crow Creek Falls; Helena National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Crow Creek Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

6/25/2010
1

This is a great hike especially in the early summer when the wildflowers are in full bloom and the water is running high. Be prepared for some steep sections and to cross some scree slopes, but it is still possible to do by a small child with help from an adult.


6/5/2008
2

This is a good shorter length hike with a very nice 40-50 waterfall at the end.I would recommend taking this hike around late spring to early summer,as the flow rate of the waterfall is much greater then...the flow rate will be quite a bit less in late summer and won't be nearly as spectacular to see.



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