The Volcano Reef Loop

Bynum, Montana

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This route provides a superb sampling of the sheer canyons, towering reefs, and long vistas typical of the Rocky Mountain Front. It forms a loop around Volcano Reef, a minor swell at the edge of the high peaks. Some of the lands along the route belong to the Boone & Crockett Club, and non-motorized passage is allowed on designated routes only. The loop can be hiked as a long day trip, or as a backpack with an overnight stop along the South Fork of Dupuyer Creek. The trail begins on an old roadway that climbs gently through Blackleaf Canyon. At first, the towering cliffs soar overhead, and later the old road winds above the rim of a smaller and narrower gorge. Beyond this short canyon, the valley of Blackleaf Creek expands into a broad basin guarded by Mount Frazier to the northwest and Mount Werner to the south. The trail makes its way to a broad meadow on the north bank of the stream, and just before reaching a cluster of trail signs, a cairn marks the departure of the Volcano Reef Trail.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This route provides a superb sampling of the sheer canyons, towering reefs, and long vistas typical of the Rocky Mountain Front. It forms a loop around Volcano Reef, a minor swell at the edge of the high peaks. Some of the lands along the route belong to the Boone & Crockett Club, and non-motorized passage is allowed on designated routes only. The loop can be hiked as a long day trip, or as a backpack with an overnight stop along the South Fork of Dupuyer Creek.

The trail begins on an old roadway that climbs gently through Blackleaf Canyon. At first, the towering cliffs soar overhead, and later the old road winds above the rim of a smaller and narrower gorge. Beyond this short canyon, the valley of Blackleaf Creek expands into a broad basin guarded by Mount Frazier to the northwest and Mount Werner to the south. The trail makes its way to a broad meadow on the north bank of the stream, and just before reaching a cluster of trail signs, a cairn marks the departure of the Volcano Reef Trail.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Bynum
Distance: 10.6
Elevation Gain: 2,635 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,500 feet
Top Elevation: 6,610 feet
Local Contacts: Lewis and Clark National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Volcano Reef, Walling Reef
Driving Directions: Directions to The Volcano Reef Loop

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