Clary Coulee is a 17.2 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Choteau, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, bird watching, and backpacking and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length17.2 kmElevation gain762 mRoute typeLoop
dog friendlyBackpackingCampingHikingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Kevin P. Gora
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Beautiful hike with incredible views.

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Kimberly Marcell
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Shin-deep snow from mile 4-5 of trail on and off, but beginning and end were fully clear and dry as of 5/2/20. Beautiful spring hike with lots of berries and wildflowers just starting to pop up. You need hiking boots and hiking poles are VERY helpful on the downhill return.

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Kent Balkenbusch
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Hiking

This is an absolutely amazing trail! You start out going up switchbacks in a heavily wooded valley for the first mile or so. There are some "shortcuts" that cut through the switchbacks. Don't take the shortcuts though....They're poorly maintained, incredibly rocky, and very steep. Then you break out of the trees, continue to climb the switchbacks, and then you will enter a flat meadow area with gorgeous views of the mountains to your left and the plains to your right. On a clear day you can see for over 100 miles up there. I could see all the way to the Sweetgrass hills and to Highwood Baldy. It was absolutely stunning! You will then continue along a gently undulating ridge and walk through wooded areas and meadows. You WILL lose the trail at times. The grass in the meadow is quite thick and it can be quite hard to stay on the trail in places. Look for where the grass has been beat down hikers if you lose the trail. There are also a couple of fallen trees you will have to climb over but it was no big deal. If you do lose the trail don't get discouraged. It's easy to pick back up again. Once you get towards the loop at the end the trail kind of just disappears. You can improvise here. I recommend walking up to the base of the granite peaks above you. You'll be in an amazing bowl of granite peaks with great views. Also, the wildflowers were prolific when I hiked this trail and I caught a gorgeous sunrise. The trail is in fair condition but not great. It's very rocky in some places, overgrown in others, and it doesn't look like anyone has maintained the last couple of miles of this trail for a long time. This did not make the hike less enjoyable though. It took me just under 6 hours to complete this hike. I did not see another soul during my entire hike. I don't think many people are aware of this trail. The road up to the trailhead is very bumpy and rocky but my Mazda 6 made it up it just fine. I loved this trail and I'd love to come back and hike it again one day.

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Ken Speidel
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Hiking

Fantastic trail with sweeping views of Rocky Mountain front range to the west and the Great Plains to the east. Trail climbs steadily and is in decent shape apart from areas where the trail crosses open grassland. In some places the trail disappears nearly completely aside from telltale signs of trampled grass. A short walk from the first saddle to the east reveals a great promontory for views to the east. Continue climbing up to where the trail dead ends at Blindhorse Creek. At the dead end, walk left to the crest of a hill, where you'll be treated to an "amphitheater" of Rocky Mountains sweeping more than 180 degrees.

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Amanda Detrick
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Beautiful! We went 1 May and there was still some snow in the forested areas, but nothing waterproof boots can't handle. We didn't get all the way to the end but it was still worth it. Will definitely be doing this one again!

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jennifer ryan
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The trail is a steady climb, not too strenuous though. I was allergic to something on that particular trail which was a challenge for me, so if you have allergies don't be like me and forget your pills! I enjoyed the views at the top, it is a perfect spot for a panoramic photo. You can see in all directions!

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Nate Carlson
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Peter Satterthwaite
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Nate Carlson
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Margaret Armstrong
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Benjamin Glenn
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