Garnet Ghost Town

Missoula, Montana 59803

Garnet Ghost Town

Garnet Ghost Town Professional Review and Guide

"Garnet Ghost Town in the Garnet Mountain Range is among the more unusual and unknown ski sites in the West. Not only do skiers find remnants of the West’s wild past, they can stay the night in either of two rustic cabins available for rent in Garnet. Garnet sits at the 6,000-foot elevation and generally has good snow from early winter to early spring.

The Garnet caretaker grooms the cross-country routes and can suggest the best routes for the day’s conditions. Most trails are groomed for multiple use and can be very busy with weekend snowmobilers. The BLM suggests that when skiers hear snowmobilers on the trail, the skiers should step off the trail until the machines pass. Surface quality: Groomed as needed and some skier-tracked trails."

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"This ride might draw cries of derision from those seeking a gnarly, singletrack experience, but the roads followed here travel through some dynamite high country and offer a glimpse at Montana’s mining past.

The pine and aspen woods along the Garnet Range Road, a national backcountry byway, are home to many creatures, and the many joined circuits hereabouts provide awesome views of the Mission Mountains and other ranges near and far. If you come this far, you’ll also want to take a walking tour of the town itself, just down the hill from the parking lot. Tread: Well-maintained dirt roads."

"Garnet Ghost Town in the Garnet Mountain Range is among the more unusual and unknown ski sites in the West. Not only do skiers find remnants of the West’s wild past, they can stay the night in either of two rustic cabins available for rent in Garnet. Garnet sits at the 6,000-foot elevation and generally has good snow from early winter to early spring.

The Garnet caretaker grooms the cross-country routes and can suggest the best routes for the day’s conditions. Most trails are groomed for multiple use and can be very busy with weekend snowmobilers. The BLM suggests that when skiers hear snowmobilers on the trail, the skiers should step off the trail until the machines pass. Surface quality: Groomed as needed and some skier-tracked trails."

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Trail Information

Missoula
Nearby City
6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Day use
Duration
4,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,000 feet
Top Elevation
Snowmobiling
Additional Use
Bureau of Land Management
Local Contacts