Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway

Polaris, Montana

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A 27-mile paved and gravel road alongside pretty streams in the scenic East Pioneer and West Pioneer mountains. Set between the granite peaks of the East Pioneer and West Pioneer mountain ranges, the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway gently ascends a 7,800-foot divide between the Wise River and Grasshopper Creek drainages. The two-lane road is paved except the 16-mile segment on the south end that has a gravel surface. There are frequent turnouts, traffic is light, and the highway is well maintained. The scenery, traveling in either direction, is exceptional. Special attractions: Outstanding trout fishing in numerous streams and beaver ponds, crystal-digging area for rockhounds, proposed East Pioneer Wilderness, abundant wildlife, Coolidge, a silver-mining ghost town, Elkhorn Hot Springs. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
National Forest Scenic Byways Rocky Mountains

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National Forest Scenic Byways Rocky Mountains

by Beverly R. Magley (Falcon Guides)

A 27-mile paved and gravel road alongside pretty streams in the scenic East Pioneer and West Pioneer mountains. Set between the granite peaks of the East Pioneer and West Pioneer mountain ranges, the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway gently ascends a 7,800-foot divide between the Wise River and Grasshopper Creek drainages. The two-lane road is paved except the 16-mile segment on the south end that has a gravel surface. There are frequent turnouts, traffic is light, and the highway is well maintained. The scenery, traveling in either direction, is exceptional.

Special attractions: Outstanding trout fishing in numerous streams and beaver ponds, crystal-digging area for rockhounds, proposed East Pioneer Wilderness, abundant wildlife, Coolidge, a silver-mining ghost town, Elkhorn Hot Springs. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Beverly R. Magley/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Polaris
Distance: 27
Season: Open from about mid-May until Thanksgiving and then closed by winter snows
Local Contacts: Lewis and Clark National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway

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