Trout Creek Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Lewis and Clark County, Montana. It is within Helena National Forest. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 5,067 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,218 feet. The Vigilante campground camp site is near the trailhead.
Trout Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"An easy day hike up 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. Thistrail 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. The first mile of the trail has been made passable for wheelchairs and is very pleasant. Beautiful Trout Creek flows through this limestone-walled canyon."
--Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider, Hiking Montana (Falcon 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)."
--Will Harmon, Mountain Biking Helena (Falcon Guides).
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