Lockhart Ranch

EASY 2 reviews

Lockhart Ranch is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hillsboro, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and 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
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
377 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

wildlife

no shade

historic site

Beyond the Barry’s Landing junction, the park road becomes unpaved. Follow this dirt road to the trailhead. The Lockhart Ranch is representative of life for western ranchers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The gentle flow of Davis and Cottonwood Creeks provided the life force of the ranch. Ditches running from Davis Creek took advantage of the natural topography of the land by using gravity to irrigate the surrounding pastures. You can take the half-mile loop through the ranch or you can take an extended two-mile hike along the historic county road. The trail begins at the two-track road east of the corrals near the garage. Follow the road along the northern edge of Caroline Lockhart’s livestock pastures. This path leads to Davis Creek. Following the two-track along Davis Creek will bring you to an old metal gate and the dirt road. Instead of going through the gate, follow the inside of the fence to the crossing at Davis Creek. Continue following cowpaths along the inside of the fence over the hill to a corner post. Seven fence posts south of the corner post a faint two-track turns southeast. Follow the two-track to loop back to the ranch.

walking
1 month ago

Really easy walk through a lush area in the high desert. The buildings are well maintained. I'm sure it was quite the outfit in its prime. Great little piece of Wyoming history and fun easy spot to check out.

hiking
7 months ago

It is an interesting park of Bighorn Canyon. Most of the park is high desert. However, the Lockhart Ranch has a spring running year round making this area greener than the surrounding area. The old log cabins are fun to checkout!