Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge

EASY 4 reviews

Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Charlo, Montana that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.7 miles
91 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



trail running





4 days ago

Actually hard to give any rating as far as hiking is concerned but as a wilderness refuge for birds it is impressive. Found what we thought was the trailhead (unmarked) on the East side behind the Ninepipes Inn but trail came to abrubt end approx 750 yards in, ie an impassable waterway unless you are wearing waders or you are a duck! Doubled back and crossed main road to an "official" entrance just a few steps South of the Inn. But alas could only venture about 500 yards before encountering flooded path. So all in all a bit of a disappointment. There is a short nature trail at the Inn but it was actually closed owing to recent bear sightings!!! Had dinner at the Inn and enjoyed watching the swallows skimming across the small lake behind the Inn.

3 months ago


Like other reviewer posted, it’s a dirt road, not so much a trail. Great for birdwatching!

5 months ago

Visited today. What an amazing place. Highway 93 runs along the east side. However, there are several access point on 93 where you can walk-in and access The Refuge. However, the real gem lies in the roads that surround the Refuge. There are so many access points that we ran out of time. We saw so many different species of Wildlife that I can't list them all. But notably, nesting bald eagles and ospreys, trumpeter swans, several different song birds. And many many deer. It was a great day. I would rate this highly as a place for birding, not as much for hiking, but you can certainly find places to enter at The Refuge and explore.

5 months ago

This is not a trail, it is a dirt road that is currently blocked by a gate. Sign states no public access.