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Sluice Boxes Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Belt, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, fishing, and fly fishing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 88 ft Route type Out & Back

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Billy Jenkins
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HikingFlooded

River was still too high to cross with kids. Saw a man in great physical condition cross but was having trouble and taking it slow. Could only go about half way in from the one trail. Take the road further up and you can take the other trail down. It’s steeper but no river crossings.

RACHEL DAVIES
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HikingMuddy

Raining and muddy, will try again on a better day.

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Holly Estes
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HikingBugs

The lower end of the trail is more kid friendly, which a small loop along the river in addition to the longer trek for those who want to keep going. The drop in from the top is not small kid friendly.

Hannahbella Maddox
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Hiking

Amazing trail! Definetly not made for those who don’t like trekking and climbing. You’ll definitely get your workouts in!

Erin Kelly
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HikingSnow

Hiked 2/15/2020, still snow on the ground but it was packed down enough so we didn’t need snow shoes. Easy trail to follow because other people had packed down the snow and it wasn’t windy along the trail! Overall, a fun trail to do in the winter!

David Schuler
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Hiking

Nice hike involves river crossings water was high this day. Hike in mid summer when river levels are down.

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RSOP erator
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Hiking

Hiked this one a couple times now and really enjoy the canyon. Beautiful place to spend time. I never did run into any poison ivy or snakes, but it's early in the spring yet.

Terry Butterfield
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HikingBridge out

It’s spring time, so all the snow is melting from the mountains making the water level higher than normal and extremely cold. However, that didn’t stop us for the first 3 river crossings coming from the main entrance. The last crossing was over waist high and we weren’t braving that. Otherwise, it was a nice beautiful day to hike.

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Michael Herdina
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HikingMuddyPrivate propertySnow

Overall a perfect March Montana day for a hike. The river was about knee high at the deepest and it was a little muddy going up to the outlook. Overall, it was great and I will be back

Jesse Anonanimous
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HikingMuddy
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Daniel Matthew
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HikingBridge out

Awesome trail! Was a little muddy when we went and the bridge is out so cannot complete while trail unless you have some waterproof boots or don’t mind getting wet walking across the river. Other than that, great scenery and good hike to take kids on. Loved it.

Heathers Myth
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HikingBridge out

A nice trail with fun water crossings nicely spaced. It was a good first water hike for my dog. Not very busy and beautiful.

Alayney Tressel
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HikingBridge out

Fun hike. Trestle Bridge is gone but the creek is passable. You can hike from one end to the other. You have to cross the creek 4 times though. Water is cold and up past my knees in some places. We hiked from the second entrance down to the first. The beginning is steep and right on the cliff edge. We saw poison ivy along the trail and a rattlesnake at the abandoned buildings in the middle.

Aamel Diawatan
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Austin Walter
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Hiking

Great trail. Crossed the first four creek crossings yesterday with no problems. Deepest crossing was just above my knees. Tiger bridge is out about three miles in so we turned around there. Well marked trail, heavily trafficked, with no signs of any snakes. Overall an absolutely great hike!

Christina G.
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Hiking

Started hiking from the main entrance to the park, but had to turn around due to high water at the first river crossings. We drove up to the second entrance and hiked down from the cliffs. Spectacular views and fun terrain to navigate. Wish the train trestle was still open!

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Jenny Jutz
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HikingBridge out

Absolutely stunning place to hike! Go a mile and a half in for a great place to swim and cliff jump!! Highly recommend to others this time of year.

Seth Bounds
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Hiking

The main entrance was fairly crowded, so I parked at the overlook a little south of the main entrance. The hike down from the parking lot was more intense than I expected - a very narrow trail along the edge of the canyon wall. It would make me nervous to take little kids on that trail. The creek itself is beautiful and a great way spend a warm summer afternoon. Trails along the canyon bottom are very over-grown.

Tom Hendricks
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Hiking

Good hike the first .6 miles for kids

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lisa l.
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Hiking

Fun

Tyrell K
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Hiking

Two words... Poison Ivy. Also some of the other reviewers mention Rattlesnakes. I can't express how angry it makes me that there are no warnings about these types of hazards at trailheads. But of course they spend money to make signage telling you the fees, rules and other regulations.

Tyrell K
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Hiking

Two words.... Poison Ivy

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Candace Marquette
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Hiked it all the way through, took most of the day. There are many river crossings (12ish) to see the trail.

DeShawn Davis
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wasnt able to do whole trail as had running sneakers and pants and didnt want to cross the creek that seem to be higher then I appected. next time I'll bring shorts and maybe some water shoes to cross the water in.

David Mercado
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Dave Higgins
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Great trail! A little narrow and close to the edge of the cliff so may not be good for young ones.

Joseph Cox
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Hiking

I parked at the upper trail access pull off. It's a little over a mile down Evans-Riceville rd. From that parking area, the trail begins to your right as you are facing the canyon. The trail does narrow and the cliffs get close. I don't recommend for small kids and those scared of heights (mom). Great views of Belt Creek and canyon. There is a abandoned train tunnel and bridge a few miles further down than where this app depicts the trail end. I never crossed the river.

Kimberly Marcell
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Enjoyed a cool, late fall hike. Trails were very quiet but easy to follow. Hard rating is a bit exaggerated, but there are required river crossings to see the old mining camps, and you will get wet if you want to get there. Also watch for rattlesnakes. We saw several skins and had been warned that several large snakes lived in the canyon.

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