Highwood Baldy Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Highwood, Montana that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.1 miElevation gain3,231 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Brad Bauer
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

A tough adventure. There are no trails, just cow paths, tree bashing and climbing over s-loads of rock the last mile. Don’t attempt to follow the trail guide on “All Trails”...it leads you into impassible brush, so thick a grizzly couldn’t pass through. Locate the top, head up and go. 49yrs old- I have never had knee issues after years of playing sports and skiing. I have knee issues after this hike. And yes, a 4x4 and waterproof shoes go a long way helping to reach the trailhead and summit.

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Richard Lopes
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Hiking

After the first 1.5 miles, this hike becomes a difficult off trail scramble up the ridge.

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Hugh S.
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Hiking

As said elsewhere, you need a vehicle with clearance to traverse a stream (twice) in order to reach the deer creek trailhead. A 4Runner with 31 inch tires was fine when I went (but obviously water levels may vary). Horses use the trail which keep it visible in places. When you exit the deer creek trail at the wooden sign you scramble up to the ridge. There is no trail after the sign and you simply follow the ridge over grass to dense trees and areas of scree. Remain on the high areas of the ridge and finding the summit should be no problem in good weather. Not having a trail in the steepest portions of the hike make this a very strenuous one. Allow extra time for this reason.

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Brian Black
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HikingOff trailOver grown

Middle part of the trail - there is none. So you are bushwhacking thru some bushes and briars. Towards the top in is a non-stop climb. The way down is harder on my knees and IT bands.

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Nic Morris
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grownRocky

The trail description doesn’t mention a few things, which I’ll try to suggest for edits. Deer Creek trail itself means wading at the first creek crossing, the other 10-15 creek crossings can be done with shoes on, hopping rocks. Trail is overgrown, watch out for the wood rose and thistle if you go with shorts. Some horse activity means muddy spots. After you follow the Deer Creek trail to the second trail marker (says 2.5 mi), you’re on your own to carve a path up to Baldy. Don’t take the creek crossing near the sign. I tried it and it gradually becomes a series of elk/cow trails in various directions and then the path to the ridge is thickly forested, which meant I had to traverse over. Instead, gradually take the ridge on creek’s right (west) side at the trail marker and it should open up into a clear, wildflower covered ridge. Follow the open ridge until it comes to a point at the tree line and carve another path through the trees. If you follow the contour lines directly on the ridge, you’ll find yourself on a small scree field followed by tree line then a large scree field. Careful here to not dislodge a rock, especially if anyone is hiking below you - lots of loose stuff. From here, the antenna tower should be visible. Again, make your own path for the last 200’ of climbing and careful of loose rocks to the summit. 5 star views, but 3 star bushwhacking.

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Nick C.
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Hiking

lost the trail at the Deer Creek trail sign

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Joe Dauner
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HikingSnow

snowy day in early June. trail crossed the stream 5-6 times for wet feet. only made it 2 miles in before snowed out.

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Patrick Northrup
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Hiking

This is a tough hike. It's a very steep incline when you leave the trail and head up. Very tough keeping upright and stable going down. Views are great at the top.

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Heather Lucero
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This is hard then it is rated

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Amanda Walker
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OHV/Off-road driving

What you aren’t told is that 6 miles from the trailhead no motorized vehicles are allowed.

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Austin Jaynes
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First to Review

Not what I would rate as easy

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joseph lloyd
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Adrianna Hennessey
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Jessica Ypma
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David Schuler
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