Explore the most popular forest trails in Lewis and Clark 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.

1 month ago

Went there June 2nd, 2018 and we did not run into any mud or snow. Many beautiful wildflowers along the way, with many shaded areas. The river was high, and there were only a few other hikers. We went later in the day (around 3pm) and finished the hike by 6:30pm. It’s a 7 mile hike but it’s easy.

Went on Memorial Day weekend. 434 from Wolf Creek was a rutted, muddy mess in one section - my Subaru barely made it through and we saw a pickup that was stuck. Went back to i-15 on 287 and that road was much better. Anyway, the trailhead (just past the Bible school) was very clearly labeled and had a nice parking area as well as a pit toilet. The first mile or so was just a trail next to the private road. After the bridge the trail gets much more beautiful! I was a bit disappointed that we couldn't see the water through most of the trail, but there were several spur trails for better viewing. We had to cross two small streams, so we were glad to have good hiking boots and poles. Shortly after crossing into the Scapegoat Wilderness, there's a campsite and then a trail that leads down to the left to the devil's glen. The river was really high and fast at this time of year, but I bet it would be swimmable later in the summer. We came back and had our picnic at the campsite (tons of lovely wildflowers!), then made it back to our car. Our six-year-old daughter and one-year-old dog both enjoyed this easy hike.

This is hard then it is rated

2 months ago

So I think this should be rated “Montana Easy”. I like to think I’m more than average fit but I had a bit of difficulty with the ups and downs. Although... this was our first hike of the season, still some snow on the ground but very warm weather! So maybe it’s just that first hike to set the pace. It’s very beautiful out here and seeing the high rushing river was great. It’s dog and kid friendly (which of whom made the trail look easy peasy haha) and great spots to swim or soak your feet in.

off road driving
2 months ago

What you aren’t told is that 6 miles from the trailhead no motorized vehicles are allowed.

4 months ago

Perfect hike with young kids ~3+ years old. Good in all seasons. Some rock climbing or bouldering spots scattered throughout. Can connect with a hike up Jefferson Creek.

cross country skiing
5 months ago

First time cross country lesson. It was great. Only saw a small section of the trails but they were well groomed.

10 months ago

Nice little hike. Very kid friendly. Great views with shade. Not too crowded. Another hiker reported a black bear just off the trail by the upper fall.

Not what I would rate as easy

11 months ago

Great easy hike that my 6 year old and 4 year old did easily. They loved the waterfall and I loved the view above the waterfall. Nice, easy hike!

11 months ago

Great trail! Serious bear country. The swim holes are gorgeous but you'll have to look for them and hike down a small easy incline to get to them. There is a private gate which was closed, meaning you'll have to walk in about a mile on the trail before getting to where this hike says 5.7 miles. If the gate is locked, be prepared to hike about 8 miles round trip if you want to follow this map.

Monday, June 26, 2017

This was a wonderful experience to get in touch with Jehovah's marvelous creation! Hiked back with my wife and 6 year old daughter and we had a blast! There were plenty of photo opportunities and even a chance to swim. How invigorating! Will definitely suggest this trek to friends and family.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Nice easy hike. Saw bear tracks so take bear spray.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

how do u get to water? Seems like u go up away from water?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautiful views and a nice, easy hike. First 1.8 miles is on private property. When we went over Memorial Day weekend, there was no snow but the Dearborn and the streams/waterfalls were quite high and blown out. If you intend to hike past Devil's Glen, you will need to jump some waterfalls and we had to take our boots off and wade through Milky Stream. Overall beautiful hike that is not very challenging with some great views of the Dearborn!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Incredible scenery starting from roughly a mile in. If you can plan this trip on a sunny day you should as the water turns a vibrant bright blue when the sun is hitting it. Roughly a mile after crossing the bridge there is a small spur trail that leads you to a 150ft tall cliff overlooking a narrow canyon and small turbulent waterfall which was hands down the coolest thing we found. Definitely worth checking out.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Great loops for some snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Easy trails with very little elevation gain.

Friday, February 17, 2017

I haven't done the complete trail as we stopped to cliff jump but gorgeous water. Traversing down to the water though is difficult.

Great trail for beginners with beautiful scenery.

Monday, October 03, 2016

great trail

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Stop and take a peak at the water below to your left as much as possible, the views are great and you catch some amazing unexpected glimpses through the trees. Stop at the camp grounds and sit aloft a nice flat rock providing amazing views above and below. If you continue on, the terrain begins to vary- reminded me of something out of Lord of the Rings ! So surreal and beautiful. Of course going on October 1st made for some great leaf color changing action as well.

Monday, August 08, 2016

This trail offers some great views of the Big and Little Belt Mountains and follows closely along what appears to be an old logging road. The area appears to get heavy ATV traffic, with riders using their ATVs for the first 3-4 miles, and hiking the remainder to Tenderfoot River. The trail is wide but a bit rocky in many areas. The last mile is seriously steep and footing can be tough.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Today it was 90* outside and I had to work this morning so I didn't get on the trail until noon. The trail travels through private property and parallels a dirt road for most of the private section. This trail is well used! I decided to nickname it The Dearborn Highway. For some distance it is a narrow two track. There are a couple of areas that look like well used camping areas. When I arrived at Devils Glenn, I just wanted to jump in and go for a swim in the deep clear swirling pools. Being that I was hiking farther in I opted out.

Monday, July 04, 2016

A easy portal into the Scapegoat Wilderness. The trail is gentle and keeps you close to the Dearborn for the entire hike.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Beautiful hike and got a lot better as it got closer to the water. We found a nice little hole to jump in. Water was crystal clear and a bit cold, but the dogs sure loved it!

Monday, June 20, 2016

very beautiful such amazing views....the water was gorgeous but we couldn't figure out how to get down to water.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Good easy hike, long distance. Beautiful sights but not as pretty as Glacier Park. Some wildlife along the trail, remember to clap (griz country). A lot of streams block the trail so don't be afraid to get your feet wet.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Great hike, not terribly challenging. Beautiful views after the first two miles. Definitely griz country!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Beautiful scenery. This hike, without being difficult, takes you above the Dearborn River and all the way down to the waters edge at many points. It's incredible to see the crystal clear deep pools formed over hundreds of decades by the rushing water in spring.

Friday, December 04, 2015

This is one of my favorites hikes that I do every year. It is very easy and the scenery and geological sights are wonderful. In the summer there is a decent amount of foot traffic as well as horse traffic. The trail starts at the end of the dirt road, where there is a small parking area for hikers and trail riders.

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