Trout Creek Canyon

MODERATE 28 reviews
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Trout Creek Canyon is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Helena, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.2 miles
898 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers

28 days ago

Not as cool because even well trained dogs needed to remain on leash. Won’t return to this trail.

1 month ago

This is one we often do early in the year because it is so gentle. In April we got turned back because of high water in the stream which is unusual. The creek often disappears into the gravels for most of the hike. Today, the water is still higher than usual so we had a total of 14 creek crossings... 3 of those were on bridges within the 1st mile that is accessible... rest were easy crossings. Found a few Lady Slipper orchids which was a surprise. this trail is not one I would say is loaded with wild flowers but there are a few. Cliffs are the real draw on this hike.

2 months ago

Nice short hike with some nice view of the canyon.

4 months ago

It was a little icy still, but a beautiful hike!

9 months ago

Beautiful easy to moderate hike. Went in mid October. Peaceful and quiet hike through gorgeous canyon walls. Enjoyed the fall colors.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beautiful views in this scenic canyon. Novice hikers and little ones can do the first part.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A little bit of a drive to get to the trailhead but the canyon views along the creek were spectacular. In and out of the trees, not much of an elevation, and nothing but peace and quiet out there! I will definitely be back if I get the chance.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Great hike on a beautiful spring day. I would advise people to clean up after their dogs on the trail. It was quite busy on Saturday. I ran into a group pushing a person in a wheelchair and it made me happy they were able to get out together and enjoy Montana's beauty.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great cliffs! Easy, flat hike.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

great trail! beautiful scenery and kids can do it too.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Very pretty walk through steep sided rock walls. In and out of trees and across rocky areas. We turned around at an opened overhead wooden gate (I think where FS road 138 took off. +/- 3mi. )
Note: When we were here (9/10) there is only water for the first qtr mile and no water for dogs again until a spring at the OH gate.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

beautiful area and the cliffs hanging on either side of the canyon are spectacular. I would definitely rate this hike as easy since it was generally flat the whole way with some small ups and downs. It would be more interesting to bike, ride horses through, or do as a moderate trail run.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Easy to moderate trail depending on how far you go. Towards the end it gets a little more difficult in some places but well worth going all the way.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Excellent half day hike. Canyon walls are very impressive and the wild flowers are everywhere.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

nice trail. beautiful area

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Went early winter, beautiful area, cooler because of the shade and valley you are walking in. Didn't see any wildlife, and it was a simple walk/stroll along a no elevation path that's well kept up. Only very cool thing was the lack of noise... not even a ruffle of a bush or anything, just simple silence.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Probably the most scenic hike within 50 miles of Helena 6 miles round-trip and not much elevation gain

mountain biking
Monday, August 31, 2015

Beautiful scenery for an otherwise bland track. The first mile or so is crushed gravel before you get into the dirt. On the uphill it's never really consistent enough to get into a flow. The 3 mile downhill is a lot of fun especially if you dip through the creek on your way out.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Trout Creek is really only active in the spring and early summer. Nevertheless, this hike up a canyon is really beautiful. Sunlight only hits the bottom of the canyon in the first mile or so which explains the dense mossy and earthy smell of the latter part of the canyon. I've done this hike in winter and fall. But I do avoid the dirt road in spring when it turns to MUD.

Friday, June 19, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful, easy to moderate hike. Saw other hikers, bikers and horseback riders in addition to the treasures that the canyon holds. Pretty easy for the most part. A couple of areas near the end were more moderate.

Monday, May 26, 2014

A fun scenic hike as well.

mountain biking
Friday, August 02, 2013

Just a fun and easy ride for those looking for a more scenic bike route.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015