Trout Creek Canyon is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Helena, MT. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for mountain biking.
Very pretty walk through steep sided rock walls. In and out of trees and across rocky areas. We turned around at an opened overhead wooden gate (I think where FS road 138 took off. +/- 3mi. )
Note: When we were here (9/10) there is only water for the first qtr mile and no water for dogs again until a spring at the OH gate.
beautiful area and the cliffs hanging on either side of the canyon are spectacular. I would definitely rate this hike as easy since it was generally flat the whole way with some small ups and downs. It would be more interesting to bike, ride horses through, or do as a moderate trail run.
Easy to moderate trail depending on how far you go. Towards the end it gets a little more difficult in some places but well worth going all the way.
Excellent half day hike. Canyon walls are very impressive and the wild flowers are everywhere.
nice trail. beautiful area
Went early winter, beautiful area, cooler because of the shade and valley you are walking in. Didn't see any wildlife, and it was a simple walk/stroll along a no elevation path that's well kept up. Only very cool thing was the lack of noise... not even a ruffle of a bush or anything, just simple silence.
Probably the most scenic hike within 50 miles of Helena 6 miles round-trip and not much elevation gain
Beautiful scenery for an otherwise bland track. The first mile or so is crushed gravel before you get into the dirt. On the uphill it's never really consistent enough to get into a flow. The 3 mile downhill is a lot of fun especially if you dip through the creek on your way out.
Trout Creek is really only active in the spring and early summer. Nevertheless, this hike up a canyon is really beautiful. Sunlight only hits the bottom of the canyon in the first mile or so which explains the dense mossy and earthy smell of the latter part of the canyon. I've done this hike in winter and fall. But I do avoid the dirt road in spring when it turns to MUD.
I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful, easy to moderate hike. Saw other hikers, bikers and horseback riders in addition to the treasures that the canyon holds. Pretty easy for the most part. A couple of areas near the end were more moderate.
A fun scenic hike as well.
Just a fun and easy ride for those looking for a more scenic bike route.