You will definitely want your camera handy when you spend a day or a weekend in this remote setting. Remains of mines, a railroad, and historic cabins line Belt Creek as it winds through a beautiful canyon carved in limestone. This rugged area has seen its share of prospectors searching for precious metals, miners, muleskinners, smeltermen and railroaders building bridges. The Barker mines and the Montana Central Railroad are just a part of the rich history of this park. Long before the mines opened, the railroad was built, and white settlers and ranchers came to what now comprises Sluice Boxes State Park, several tribes of Indians that still live in present-day Montana occupied and managed the natural resources of the area. These tribes include the Blackfeet, Salish, Pend d'Oreille, Kootenai, Gros Ventre, Crow, Assiniboine, Chippewa-Cree, and Little Shell Band of Chippewa. A primitive, unmaintained trail provides access to fishing, challenging floats, and wildlife viewing. Steep cliffs, rugged terrain, and cold, swift water may pose risks to visitors. Please use caution while hiking and floatingin the park. A Backcountry Campsite Permit is required to camp in this park. Check with Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff in the Great Falls office when planning your trip.

Enjoyed a cool, late fall hike. Trails were very quiet but easy to follow. Hard rating is a bit exaggerated, but there are required river crossings to see the old mining camps, and you will get wet if you want to get there. Also watch for rattlesnakes. We saw several skins and had been warned that several large snakes lived in the canyon.

Really fantastic. Beautiful area, nice trail, fun creek crossings. Only 45 or so minutes out of Great Falls.

absolutely beautiful! I went to the closed bridge. Definitely an easier hike than the hard rating even the climb to overlook is not that bad. loved it

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, unique scenery between the river, canyon walls, berries, meadows. Crossed the river three times. Some people returning from hiking ahead of us said that they saw a huge rattle snake though.

on Sluice Boxes Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Did this 7/25/2018 Was good hike jumped in the creek from cliffs.

Loved this trail, it has beautiful views and crossing the creek was fun! The creek can have a little bit of a pull.

we started at the main parking lot, and went until the 4th river crossings and then came back. (maybe 3.5 mi RT?) very level and easy hike. hardest part was thigh-high river crossings with quick current (in mid July). wished I would have worn keens instead of hiking boots! lovely views and easy to access from great falls. now I need to come back another time and do the whole trail!

nature trips
3 months ago

What a beautiful gem in Montana! These aren't the Rocky Mountains but there are some sights that you won't even catch in Rockies! Beautiful valleys, scenic hikes, wild flowers galore! You can swim or even raft on these mountain waters! Awesome!!

hiking
4 months ago

One of the funnest and scenic trails near Great Falls! I wouldn't call this a difficult trail but it might be a little challenging to some people because there's cliffs with narrow pathways, shallow creeks you have to cross or going over old mining bridges that are falling apart. However, there's plenty of caves to explore, rivers banks to swim in and multiple trails that splits off (which is great if you wanna avoid people).

be ready to get your feet wet

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Good hike with absolutely beautiful scenery. The complete trail is 7.5 miles--it starts at the main trailhead at the Riceville bridge and for the most part follows Belt Creek down to Logging Creek Bridge on Logging Creek Rd (unpaved). We parked one car at the end of the trail and one at the beginning. Taking the trail one way took 4.5h which included just a little bit of time to enjoy the scenery. The trail crosses the creek 16 times--need footwear you can cross in. Pick up a trail map at the trailhead to see where to cross. The crossings are numbered and well marked. The first and last thirds of the trail are easy. The middle third is more challenging and consists of some bouldering/steep trekking involving slippery dirt, rickety old bridges with no side rails (part of the old railroad) and some areas of the creek filled with water spiders. Overall a great experience.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Would love to go back and jump from some of the cliffs. Not a difficult hike but must cross belt creek 3x.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

It's an easy trail. Not hard at all. Great cliff jumping into the water. Usually quite a few people.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great little treasure of Great Falls area. We all had an awesome time, really enjoyed the four creek crossing...a perfect way to cool down under the August sun

Thursday, July 27, 2017

This is a really pretty trail, fun to stop by the water to have a picnic and to swim. But be warned: the water is freezing cold!

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

There are two places to start hiking - the first, lower Riceville Bridge trailhead and the higher Scenic Overlook farther up the road. We started at the lower and hiked in two miles crossing Belt Creek four times up to the Overlook and back. The abandoned buildings are along this part.

Because the trail crosses the Creek multiple times, you can check the state Sluice Box website for the daily Belt Creek water flow report. Late July the water level was easily passable, highest spots were thigh high with occasional strong currents.

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

Took trail head around the bend from main parking. Narrow cliff trail for several hunred yards. If afraid of heights go over the top of ridge instead.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Beautiful time to hike. Water's running high and fast. Be careful at creek crossings!

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

One of my favorite hikes in Montana should not be rated difficult , that is my opinion. There is I believe 2 or 3 bridges, you have to hike pretty far back to get to the bridges and shaft tunnel. There is also spots to cliff jump into the water. Caution the water is frigid all year long.

on Sluice Boxes Trail

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beautiful hike , kinda bummed that the hike said there was a bridge and there actually was not .... didnt being the right stuff to cross :(
Otherwise beautiful area .

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

The trail crosses the creek in multiple spots and there are no bridges. Took my boots off to cross once only to come upon another crossing shortly after. So I got creative and hiked up to the top of the cliffs. Was able to follow a game Trail for most of it and was actually rewarded with some beautiful viewpoints.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Very beautiful area and easy to get to.

hiking
Friday, March 03, 2017

Super easy trail. Access to Belt Creek the whole length of the trail, crossing the creek in one spot. Makes for great fishing/swimming/cliff jumping/ and hiking in the summer, but can get busy!

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