Big Creek to Porcupine Creek

MODERATE 3 reviews

Big Creek to Porcupine Creek is a 23.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Emigrant, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 23.5 miles Elevation Gain: 5,088 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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Big Creek to Porcupine Creek Meadows is a relatively straightforward multi-day hike with minor navigation issues nearing Eaglehead Mountain. Hikers can navigate the rocks and short climbs on the cutoff between Big Creek trail and Porcupine Creek trail but horse riders should head north and then west to ascend Eaglehead Mountain. The trail down into Onion Basin/Porcupine creek can be difficult to navigate - be looking for cairns and blazes regularly.

2 months ago

Big Creek trail is fairly unremarkable and doesn't offer fantastic views or sights. However the ascent up onto Eaglehead Mountain is not to be missed for its fantastic views of the Gallatin Wilderness. Coming down to the west of Eaglehead Mountain down into Onion Basin can be somewhat difficult if you're not paying close attention to cairns, blazes, and your map/GPS.

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