Awesome hike! Last 1.5 miles is killer...pick your own way to go! Total round trip is 13.1 miles

What a beast of a trail. I live at 300' elevation and decided to tackle this monster while visiting. I've hiked all the best trails in Virginia but this was better than all of them. Wasn't that hard to reach the saddle, but proceeding right to summit was incredibly difficult. It's nothing but loose rock or rock scrambles to the summit after the first several hundred feet. I definitely wouldn't have made it without two poles. I would be very cautious while attempting, I had nobody with me and took my sweet time to ascend. Two hours from trail head to saddle. Two hours to summit. Also, the beginning of the trail confused me, stay right instead of going left up the hill. Hopefully that'll make sense when you see it. Lastly, when you reach the saddle the trail goes to the helmet and quickly declines. Instead, find the stack of stones with a stick upright in the middle. There's a trail that puts you mostly half way to the summit.

Fairly easy to the saddle. Then steeper and trail a little less clear. Fabulous views in upper half. Some loose footing in upper third. Recommend one pole for top half.

Great trip and access point into the Lee Metcalf on the Madison Valley side. Access at North Bear Creek TH, with a decent hike up to the lake. Great views and all around good hike. Just scratches the surface of what the Madison valley has to offer.

One of my favorites.

backpacking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Didn't get too far until we saw a fresh grizzly track-going to wait until a little later in the summer and try again to make it to the lake....area was beautiful but definitely bear territory, don't go alone and bring bear spray for sure !

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Very nice hike to Helmet- Sphinx saddle. The continuation down and around the Helmet, isn't too bad, but requires 5or 6 creek crossings, possibly dangerous in high water. You will want wading shoes.the last mile goes on forever. Will definitely do that first half again, one of the prettiest hikes anywhere especially in early July.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

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Monday, August 17, 2015

This is just one more amazingly beautiful mountainous spot in Montana. I didn't quite make it to the top because the steepness was getting to me since I'm afraid of heights. And the top of Sphinx is all loose gravel, which makes it all that more difficult. I was going real slow and careful, but everyone else was blowing right past me. It does take several hours though so prepare for that.

Gorgeous views!! Hard hike, but certainly worth the trek up!!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Great hike, amazing views (even better from the top of sphinx), make sure you give your self enough time to go all the way to the top of sphinx mountain, it not to hard just steep.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

This hike starts at USFS Camp "Bear Creek" on the border of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. Trail follows creek for two miles, splits north at a junction, and gains a couple wide meadows before switchbacking through breezy pine forests that end at about four miles, all of this being prime grizzly habitat. Make noise! Follow the trail as it zigzags through meadows (or if snow-covered trudge straight towards the peaks) to a broad saddle. Leave the trail here to either find interesting if not frightening routes among the southern crags of the Helmet, or head east towards the Sphinx. Locate a small break in the cliff bands, more north than you might think, and gain easy access to the steep scree fields that lead all the way to the top. Snow lingers in the gully here well into summer, and crossing can be hazardous. The actual summit is somewhat broad and mesa-like. Lay flat on your chest and peer over the southern rim half a mile straight down into true wilderness.