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.

Length4.3 miElevation gain374 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingrunningRiverViewsWildlifeNo shade
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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.

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Angelo Tolfa
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Phil Tomlinson
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Great hike. I only had time for the lower loop. My wife and I had lunch on a benchlike boulder along the way. Nice views of the canyon but not as good as Sullivan's Knob.

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David Platt
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While the other trails in the park offer dramatic canyon views, the views on this trail are more mellow with picturesque lakes and sweeping red rock and sagebrush hill backgrounds. I took the spur to the campground and beyond because the topo map made it look like a slot canyon further up, but most of the spur you're actually a few dozen feet above the canyon floor and the canyon is decently wide. About 2/3 through, the spur splits and I presume you're supposed to descend into the canyon narrows, but this is covered solid in trees and bushes with no discernible path, an adventure I wasn't up to. By the time I returned to the main trail it was already sunset, used the last rays of light to circle Barry's island (best views on both sides are by the neck of the loop; saw bear footprints but no bears), and finished the return to the trailhead in the dark with a headlamp, which the bugs loved :)

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Emily Olsen
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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.

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George Moncure
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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.

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adan sockey
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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

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Bethany Baker
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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!

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Jerry Anderson
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Alan Bourne
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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.

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Ben Goodlad
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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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Nick SirLouis
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Charles Greenleaf
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Jeff Hartman
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Beth Hronek
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Victoria Johnston
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Ned Davis
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Ramon Mortensen
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Ramon Mortensen
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Toni Parker
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Terrie J
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