Clary Coulee

Choteau, Montana

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This hike climbs up Clary Coulee, then traverses high across the slopes of the Rocky Mountain Front. The hike ends atop a lofty perch that commands sweeping views of the front ranges and the High Plains. To begin the trek, pass through the gate and turn left to acquire a footpath that runs west along the fenceline. Soon it switchbacks upward through a loose woodland of Douglas fir and limber pine. Look back for ever-expanding vistas of Ear Mountain and the surrounding reefs as the path makes its way up Clary Coulee. Near the head of the drainage, the path enters an old burn en route to the high and windswept country at the base of Choteau Mountain’s limestone cliffs. The trail surmounts a pass where the firs grow in a ground-hugging krummholz form, pruned back by icy winter gales.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This hike climbs up Clary Coulee, then traverses high across the slopes of the Rocky Mountain Front. The hike ends atop a lofty perch that commands sweeping views of the front ranges and the High Plains.

To begin the trek, pass through the gate and turn left to acquire a footpath that runs west along the fenceline. Soon it switchbacks upward through a loose woodland of Douglas fir and limber pine. Look back for ever-expanding vistas of Ear Mountain and the surrounding reefs as the path makes its way up Clary Coulee. Near the head of the drainage, the path enters an old burn en route to the high and windswept country at the base of Choteau Mountain’s limestone cliffs. The trail surmounts a pass where the firs grow in a ground-hugging krummholz form, pruned back by icy winter gales.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Choteau
Distance: 8.6
Elevation Gain: 2,295 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,380 feet
Local Contacts: Lewis and Clark National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Cave Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Clary Coulee

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