Barry’s Island Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bridger, Montana that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 374 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


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no shade

The Barry’s Island trail starts as a two-track road leading north from the Barry’s Landing parking lot. The trail goes around Chain Canyon, a secret escape route for cattle rustlers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. At Barry’s Island, the road to the west goes to Medicine Creek Campground, a boat-in or hike-in only campground. Continue following the road northeast (clockwise) around the island. The variation in water elevation is evident. During years of high water, the trail can be covered. If that is the case, take the bypass trail above the main trail.

Sun Sep 02 2018

This is a pretty easy trail with some great views. As someone else said, there is not much shade. I would recommend going earlier in the day or taking extra water.

Thu Jul 05 2018

Great easy hike in beautiful Big Horn country. The trail map is so attractive that I hoped/expected to see so much of the river canyon, the major attraction for visiting. But most of the trail is 100s of feet from canyon views. The best, and great view!, is where the trail bifurcates to start the loop hike.

Mon Jul 02 2018

nice easy trail, just before the island area therea a turn off and a small campground. its hike or boat in only so not a busy area

Mon May 07 2018

The back loop is not clearly marked since I was convinced I was lost for a bit. Not a lot of shade, so I’d recommend a cooler time of day. Great views though!

Tue Jan 30 2018


Fri Oct 20 2017

A very easy trail. Part of the trail is a jeep road. I had hoped to see some bighorn sheep but it did not happen.

Sun Apr 23 2017

This is a well marked trail and easy to hike. Last time I was on it I saw a herd of bighorn sheep :)

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