Bear Trap Canyon

Butte, Montana 59702

Bear Trap Canyon

Bear Trap Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"This is a long but fairly easy day trip or overnighter along a well-known river with nationally famous trout fishing and a good chance of seeing a rattlesnake.

If you’re an angler, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the Madison River, one of the most highly acclaimed fly-fishing streams in the United States. However, you probably have not heard of a special hiking trail developed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along the Madison River in rugged Bear Trap Canyon. If you fancy large trout, this is a 9-mile slice of heaven, but this is for fly casters who are willing to walk. Motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, and horses aren’t allowed on this trail."

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"The Bear Trap Canyon Trail, located in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, hugs the eastern shore of the Madison River. This is a well known and popular trout fishing area. The trail winds through the 6,000-acre canyon along sheer rock cliffs carved 1,500 feet deep by the river.

The only hiking access is from the north, insuring solitude the deeper into the canyon you hike. The full length of the trail is seven miles long. At the southern end is the dam and powerhouse holding back Ennis Lake. Hiking is prohibited around the dam."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
July through September
BLM Areas
Local Contacts
USGS Norris and Bear Trap Creek
Local Maps

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Sep 2018