Trout Creek Canyon

MODERATE 21 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.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1135 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
7 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Great cliffs! Easy, flat hike.

hiking
8 months ago

9 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

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

Monday, June 13, 2016

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

nice trail. beautiful area

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Monday, May 26, 2014

A fun scenic hike as well.