Porcupine Creek

Big Sky, Montana 59716

Porcupine Creek

Porcupine Creek Professional Review and Guide

"The Porcupine Creek Trail follows the creek into the Porcupine Elk Preserve. The large, rolling meadows are a winter elk range. When the snow melts, moose and deer may be spotted in the meadows. The hike includes several creek crossings.

The trailhead is to the left of the road. Cross the footbridge over Porcupine Creek. The wide trail heads east, parallel to the creek through open sage brush meadows dotted with pine trees. At one mile the trail crosses Porcupine Creek. To avoid getting wet feet, walk back downstream about 50 yards to a solid log crossing. Once over the creek, take the narrow footpath that rejoins the main trail."

Porcupine Creek Reviews

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Spring is probably not the best time to travel this trail. Some portions of the trail were covered with fast moving water, and we reached a point where we could no longer continue. Trail is a moderate hike. Saw indications that there might be elk or bears in the area, but didn't encounter any animals. As far as we hiked, there wasn't any spectacular scenery.

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Trail Information

Big Sky
Nearby City
240 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Best May to October
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