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Missouri River Beaver Creek Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Helena, Montana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 334 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Paddle sports

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

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There is parking at the end of the dead end road down by the dam. There are lots of signs and a closed gate at the dam, but you just need to open and walk through the gate.

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Reviews (53)
Photos (36)
Recordings (32)
Completed (77)
Mable Ward
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We started this trail, but ran in a bunch of rocks and part of the trail was washed out. We decided to turn back as it was not kid friendly and didn't want to chance it with rain and wet rocks. pretty area, not sure where it is as considered an easy trail.

Dayna K.
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Hiking

We just tried to hike this trail and were told by someone that worked at the dam that they have stopped access to the trail. Unless there is another way to get to the other side of the river this trail is inaccessible.

Kelli Swanson
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Hiking

May 30 - We really enjoyed the different views and trail terrain. The rock bridges were incredible. We did see a very large snake (bull?) in the rocks! The constantly changing trail, from pine needles to rocks to sand to grass was fun and interesting. We walked through the campground until the trail came to an end. Great for our small pup. He could get a drink in several locations and enjoyed greeting fishermen along the way.

Mark Silverstein
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Hiking

Nice little hike. Good for the dog off the leash after you get on the trail on the other side of the dam.

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Jill Johnson
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HikingNo shade

beautiful views the whole trail. this trail is very rocky. i wouldn't recommend younger then 5 walk it. it is a narrow trail with steep hillsides.

Cori Krick
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one of my favorite hikes in the Helena area. the boulders are slick in the snow, but otherwise it is fantastic!

Rob Schneider
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HikingRockyScramble

Very rocky and thick like my girl

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Ian C.
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Hiking

Beautiful trail that hugs the Missouri, making for a great early outing. As others have mentioned, the rocky areas become quite hot during the afternoon. I didn’t see any notable wildlife but keep an eye out for snakes near the rocks and river’s edge.

Nathan Windle
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Hiking

Big ol gopher snake found right on the trail, other than that very mellow and beautiful hike!

Melinda Wyant
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Hiking

absolutely beautiful trail! I did this with my younger kids ages 6 and 9 and my mother age 58 and it was perfect. Beautiful view, variety of trail conditions such as walking on huge flat rock to dirt trails. One of my new favorite trails... just be ready to walk across alot of rock and have to watch where you are stepping. Also nice entry ways down to river about a mile down trail with good fishing:)

Darcie Kelly
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There is parking at the end of the dead end road down by the dam. there are lots of signs and a closed gate at the dam but you just need to open and walk through the gate. Lucky for me some others came along and showed me or I would have gone home disappointed! This was a nice hike, I only went one mile out and back. At one mile there's a nice spot where you can get down to the water and rest if you wish. Storm clouds started rolling in so we're headed back. There was a small spot where the trail is very narrow, almost washed out for a couple yards, one misstep and I was afraid I was going all the way down. I was ok on the way back, probably because I'd successfully traversed it once! Walking across those big flat boulders was the best! So much fun! The scenery is beautiful, bring a camera.

Cliff Hoenie
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HikingRocky

Trail narrows at times, but well maintained and easy to find. Easy hike with rocky terrain that's fun to navigate. Great views of the dam and river.

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Leah S.
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HikingRocky

This is a great family friendly trial. Did this with my four kids, ages 8 down to 3 and we really enjoyed it! (The 3 year old was in the backpack) The trail starts off in full sun, but about a mile in you’ll start to have some shade. We did this at a relaxing pace and enjoyed following along the river.

Jen Marie
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Beautiful! I am was super surprised by this trail. It meanders along the Missouri River and is totally beautiful. Fairly easy hike. Though I would not recommend taking dogs, my dog came with and there is a section of rocky path that was a bit difficult for him and it scared him. Plus he tried to jump into the river several times.

Jackson Alvey
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Great, easy walk along the river. Saw a handful of kingfishers, a few ospreys, and a bald eagle. Fun to imagine the Corps of Discovery heading through the canyon.

R J
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Hiking

Love this trail. It’s absolutely beautiful and the rocky red canyon walls make it hard to believe it’s just mere minutes outside of the Helena city. You DO walk across the dam (despite the signs and gate making it appear that maybe you cannot) to begin the hike. The first half is walking over rocks that have been positioned into a nice walking path, the second half is a sandy/dirt path through trees. It is incredibly scenic and you’re bound to see quite a few boaters and people fishing along the trail. My dogs love being able to wade around at multiple spots along this hike. My advice: do not go in the heat of the afternoon as there is no shade on the rocky bits and it gets HOT. So don’t do it on a 98° summer afternoon like I did once, hah. Also, careful with dogs or anyone swimming as the current can be quite strong in most areas! Enjoy.

Tyler Manning
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Very fun. You'll do some walking across a solid rock wall just down the trail. it's pretty stable. If you make it to around the big bend in the river the water is more calm and fun for animals. if recommend bringing your dogs some water. Mine got very hot and thirsty a mile before it was safe to approach the river. Expect a steep incline if you want to make it down sooner like I did.

Stephanie Burcusa
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lovely hike! there is a small parking lot at the trailhead. walk across the dam (yes, really) then stay to the left for the "public access trail." very scenic views! we only went part of the way (maybe half?) to a point where the trail was a bit washed away and our six-year-old panicked; adults could have made it past this point, but be aware if you have small children.

Jason Vickers
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This is a great afternoon walk with access to some really great fishing spots.

Amy Sullivan
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Hiking

Cross the dam and follow the signs for the public access trail. It’s been a year since my last hike and this felt more moderate to me. Very scenic and enjoyable hike nonetheless.

Ann Inthirath
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Did this hike today. Easy hike with scenic views the whole way

Scott F.
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absolutely beautiful Trail! Would highly recommend!

Marti Pearce
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Hiking
First to Review

Spectacular views of the Missouri River. There were lots of fly fisherman out on a misty morning and were enjoyable to watch. I was a bit appalled by the garbage left by other hikers, they seem to think the fenced in area near the dam in a dump.

Susan C.
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Hiking
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Jered W
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Hiking
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David Eddy
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Hiking
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Katy Brooke
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Walking
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Nancy Homier
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Vernon Reeve
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