The Volcano Reef Loop

Bynum, Montana 59419

The Volcano Reef Loop

The Volcano Reef Loop Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,635 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Best July through September
5,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,610 feet
Top Elevation
Lewis and Clark National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Volcano Reef, Walling Reef
Local Maps

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Jul 2018