The Hobnail Tom Trail is a 27.4 mile out and back trail located near Ovando, Montana and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until September.
Hiked this trail in July 2011. Heavy snowfall the previous winter yielded a power surging North Fork of the Blackfoot river.
Fire damage from a major fire in 1988. The plus is that you can see for ever in all directions. The minus is that there are frequent fallen trees across the trail. Maintenance is high on this trail, and the trail is very easy to follow. Many mule trains and people on horses.
Fantastic campground near North Fork cabin. We had bears in our camp the first evening. No problem if you put your food away. The first 7 miles to North Fork Cabin are quick and easy. We turned west at the North Fork Cabin and took dry creek trail to Cabin Creek. These two trails have HEAVY downed trees and if the water is running on dry creek (which typically dries up by August), the water may be waist deep!