Trout Creek

Helena National Forest, Montana 59487

Elevation Gain580ft
Trailhead Elevation6,796ft
Elevation Min/Max6361/6799ft
Elevation Start/End6796/6796ft

Trout Creek

Trout Creek is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Meagher County and Lewis and Clark County, Montana. It is within Helena National Forest. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 6,796 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 580 feet.

Trout Creek Professional Reviews and Guides

"Located 25 miles northeast of Helena, about 6 miles east of York in the Big Belt Mountains. Spectacular limestone cliffs tower 1,000 feet above the narrow creekbed and trail, sheltering a variety of plants and birds. Deer, black bear, and cougar are occasionally seen.

The trail itself follows what's left of the old roadbed that washed away in a major flood some years back. In places it offers a fine technical challenge, with longer intervals of easier riding. Except for a handful of abrupt climbs, the grade is moderate (though scree, rock gardens, and other obstacles may compel riders to gear down into tractor mode)."

"A very accessible canyon with a beautiful stream. This is a best easy day hike very accessible to all hikers in the Helena area. It’s also living proof that we can correct our mistakes, that development can be reversed. This trail used to be a road, and a well-traveled one at that, called the Figure Eight Route, a significant tourist attraction in the Helena area and promoted as such by the Helena National Forest and local chamber of commerce. Then in 1981 a flood washed away the road for the second time, and the Forest Service decided to make it a trail. After you hike through this picturesque canyon, send the agency a thank-you letter."

Trout Creek Reviews

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This is a nice hike for those not wanting to have a lot of elevation is a very easy hike.There are some great views of the cliffs above you on both sides.If you look,you can see the lookout point from the end of the Hanging Valley trail high above you.

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Trail Information

Helena National Forest
Nearby City
Helena National Forest
Helena National Forest, Helena Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Hogback Mountain, Snedaker Basin; Helena National Forest map
Local Maps

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Jul 2018