South Fork Ross Creek Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Troy, Montana that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until September.
Nice Day hike...couple of small water crossings. One of the water crossings across a pretty large fallen tree as your bridge about 10 ft over the water. There is a deep gorge just shy of reaching the falls. Beautiful place to rest for lunch/snack. The first part of the hike is through the Ross Creek Cedars which is very easy open trail (great for kids). The hike up to the falls takes about 3 hours from the parking lot and about half that returning. After leaving the bottom part of the trail, depending on how fast you proceed, there is a pretty steep section with the rest of the trail of moderate intensity which is why I rated it moderate overall.
This hike goes through an old growth cedar ecosystem. It is a easy 2.8 miles to the first main creek crossing from the Ross Creek Cedars parking lot. After crossing the creek it is a short distance to the junction of trail 321 and 142.. Trail 321 heads up the south fork to the water fall. The last section is pretty steep and the tread reworked this summer. You go through a section that burned in 2015. The crew did a lot of work and a great job. I would rate the waterfall a 6 of 10. It is probably more spectacular earlier in the season. I had 4 miles on my gps to the water fall from the parking lot.
It was great!! The first part is really easy. The last mile pretty is rough. The trail crew was out working on it. The waterfall was nice but I would rate it a 6 out of 10.
Nice Day Hike...Up and back can be done in about 5 hours. It's about 6.5 miles RT from the parking lot. About 2 miles from the South Fork Trail head. There is a pretty steep section about 2/3 of the trail in but the first part of the trail is easy. 2 water crossings: one over a huge tree about 10 ft over the water--added a nice touch of adventure. Moderate rating for the hike overall as it's not an easy stroll --although it's a pretty mellow hike for the first half, the steep portion about 2/3 of the way in was not short! This trail follows Ross Creek the entire way. The trail begins about 2 miles along the Nature Trail through the Scenic Area. Begin this hike by fording Ross Creek. Trail 321 is overgrown and somewhat difficult to find, but once located, the trail is easy to follow to a waterfall and potential campsite. The side slope is eroded in a few places and should be hiked with caution.