Stemple Pass is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln, Montana and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and cross country skiing. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,591 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

walking

snow

Note: The last section of the loop is not recommended to hike on foot and can be more easily managed while cross country skiing in the winter. When hiking, the loop can be turned into an out and back once the trail becomes too difficult on foot. Last third of the 6 mile loop hike not recommended. There is a locked gate and private land you have to cross and then you have to bushwhack to find the last two miles.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful views and easy uphill hike towards lookout . Last third of the 6 mile loop hike not recommended. There is a locked gate and private land you have to cross and then you have to bushwhack to find the last two miles. This “trail” is an old mining road or logging skid trail that’s overgrown and has a fair amount of lodge pole blow down which crosses an old power line clearing on the steep north side of the ridge line. We could never find the start of this last section and resorted to bushwhacking down the power line to find it. This trail angles down and out onto the Stemple Pass road for the last mile. The marked trail route suggests crossing private property to climb to the pass and I don’t recommend hiking that way. I believe this route was made by a skier not a hiker four years ago. They crossed a lot of private land on 4 feet of snow that’s a bit tougher to access while hiking. I recommend turning around at the locked gate and retracing the 4 miles unless you’re into a gps adventure.

hiking
8 months ago

We did this hike starting at the Stemple Pass trail head. We started the trail across the road from the map for the ski area. First 2 1/2 to 3 miles or a steady uphill climb in the path was well delineated. At about 7500 feet elevation you reach the Continental Divide Road go left and you start coming back down. The trail here is not nearly as well marked and you are on fire roads and forest service roads for a little while. At about the halfway point in the loop the trail dead ends at a gate heavily posted private property no trespassing.. We ended up bushwhacking through private property for at least a mile maybe 2 miles to try to find some semblance of the trail to get back to. The 6.6 mile hike described is closer to 8.2 miles the last part being a mile and a half uphill on Stemple Pass Rd. I would rate first half o f this hike five stars. The second half the non existing trail rates one star. I recommend doing this hike as an in and out hike maybe going to the continental divide road and back. Views and trail definitely worth it.

cross country skiing
Fri Aug 14 2015

I use Stemple Pass for cross country skiing. There are a variety of trails, each with different difficulties and all with spectacular scenery.

skiing
Sat Mar 28 2015

I don't know what it's like to hike this in the summer or fall, but it is an outstanding place to cross country and telemark ski from about late November through early April. Wild and beautiful.

hiking
Mon Jul 17 2017