Trout Creek Trail

Helena National Forest, Montana 59416

Elevation Gain1,218ft
Trailhead Elevation5,067ft
Elevation Min/Max4444/5233ft
Elevation Start/End5067/5067ft

Trout Creek Trail

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. 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. 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."

"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)."

Trout Creek Trail Reviews

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Well worth the drive. Be sure to pick a copy of the trail guide or the markers will make no sense to you. Think of it as a walking tour of the Madison Limestone that you would normally have to go to Gates of the Mountains to see.
Although this trail is very popular it is still a wonderful place to go. You can hike or ride in a ways and pitch a tent and hike to the lakes from there or camp at the lakes. It is fairly easy if you go up toward the lakes, it is in meadows and we usually see deer and various animals up there. The trail is well maintained and the backcountry horseman volunteer many hours keeping the trail in great shape.

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Trail Information

Helena National Forest
Nearby City
Helena National Forest
Helena National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Hogback Mountain and Snedaker Basin
Local Maps

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Jul 2018