Explore the most popular camping trails in Helena National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
11 months ago

My very favorite trail anywhere. Gorgeous from start to finish, good elevation change but not too tough for younger siblings. Great for hiking, but mountain biking is my favorite.

hiking
Friday, October 21, 2016

The trail is on the far side of the dam and follows some form of bermed ditch likely mining related. The hike has virtually no grade and you hike on the berm for like 1.5 miles to a big marshy area and back. it is perfect for dogs and people wanting to walk in the forest. Very Nice! Park Lake is a hidden gem of a place.

camping
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Great spot for close by camping and kayaking with the kids.

backpacking
Friday, July 15, 2016

Did this as an overnighter with my 8 year old and it was perfect! Great campsite at the Meadows and we woke up to a herd of elk grazing.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Snow on the south portion of the trail three miles in as of May 30. Great cascades along the route. Bear and moose sign.

hiking
Monday, March 14, 2016

A steep start, but once you get over that, the hike is still moderate, but spectacular. Reaching the ridge crest, you can veer off to Edith Peak, or continue on the trail. It drops down to Edith Lake. One end of the lake is a HUGE boulder field. Fun to go rock hopping, but I would not want to be there when another HOUSE SIZE boulder makes its way down from above.

fishing
Thursday, December 03, 2015

Beautiful lake that's very isolated! If you get the chance stay until it gets dark, the stars are amazing! Highly recommend!

hiking
Friday, August 14, 2015

I love this easy hike. It offers a very few gentle ups and downs with a net gain in elevation of under 300 feet in 4-miles. Yes, it's that gentle. On my first hike here (9-28-13) there was about two inches of snow on the ground. Yup - late September and already snow. At the 4-mile mark the hike enters the actual meadow area. There is a fantastic level undeveloped camping area, and the trail does go further.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Long drive from Clancy, takes about 40 minutes, but goes through beautiful country and gives many opportunities for viewing wildlife. I often see elk, deer, moose and bear on the drive up. The lake itself is not very big, but has a very active population of grayling that are a blast to fish. Just remember to catch and release, as grayling cannot be kept in that district. There are some hiking trails around the lake too, but most are clogged pretty severely with deadfall. Enjoyable spot to camp and fish.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Starting at the trail head, the trail climbs steadily for the first 3-4 miles (with a large scenic meadow and pond, close to the Scapegoat Wilderness boundary). Once you reach the Scapegoat Wilderness boundary, the trail drops steadily for about 1 mile with 4-5 steep switch-backs,and then levels off. There are 4 creek crossings with no bridges the water is deep enough to go over the top of your boots. Parts of the trail are very muddy due to previous horse traffic. Along the route there are several scenic views and you will have a good chance to see Moose, Deer, Elk and possibly a Bear.

Monday, June 13, 2016

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016