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.

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hiking
2 months ago

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.

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

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
4 months ago

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
4 months ago

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.

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

hiking
6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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.

Very beautiful area and easy to get to.

hiking
8 months ago

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!