Grouse Creek Trail from the Main Boulder east trailhead Main Boulder Valley

McLeod, Montana

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The east end of the Grouse Creek Trail begins from the historic Main Boulder Ranger Station in the Gallatin National Forest. The restored pine-log station, built in 1903, is among the oldest continually used forest service facilities in the nation. From the ranger station, this hike gains substantial elevation up the west flank of the main Boulder canyon, heading up to the scenic plateau between the main Boulder and West Boulder drainages. Near the top, the trail climbs over a saddle between Baker Mountain and Mount Rae to Burris Flat, where the open grasslands allow for expansive views. The path continues across the plateau to Nurses Lakes, a series of eleven shallow tarns, then descends into the West Boulder by the West Boulder Campground.

Grouse Creek Trail from the Main Boulder (east trailhead) Main Boulder Valley Professional Review and Guide

"The east end of the Grouse Creek Trail begins from the historic Main Boulder Ranger Station in the Gallatin National Forest. The restored pine-log station, built in 1903, is among the oldest continually used forest service facilities in the nation. From the ranger station, this hike gains substantial elevation up the west flank of the main Boulder canyon, heading up to the scenic plateau between the main Boulder and West Boulder drainages. Near the top, the trail climbs over a saddle between Baker Mountain and Mount Rae to Burris Flat, where the open grasslands allow for expansive views. The path continues across the plateau to Nurses Lakes, a series of eleven shallow tarns, then descends into the West Boulder by the West Boulder Campground."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: McLeod
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Natural Bridge State park
Local Maps: USGS: McLeod Basin and Mount Rae

Grouse Creek Trail from the Main Boulder (east trailhead) Main Boulder Valley Reviews

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7/17/2016
We took this hike with the intention of doing an out and back - getting up to the top where the meadows are. The trail needs quite a bit of work as it is overgrown. In fact, up towards the top, we got into the burn area and five trees are across the trail. We actually could not follow the trail as it just disappeared. We may try the hike from the other side next weekend.
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