Vigilante National Recreation Trail

HARD 4 reviews
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Vigilante National Recreation Trail is a 9.8 mile out and back trail located near York, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.8 miles
3,868 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





Out and back with great views of Helena and the hanging valley.

1 month ago

Hike is about 12-13 Miles round trip, not 9.8mi. End view is worth hiking all the way down but you have to maneuver over steep rocks going down and coming back up. Took us a total of 5hours, that included good rest periods.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Full disclosure. Couldn't find overlook due to too much snow. Climbed the nearest rock and can't believe that the true trail's end view could possibly be any better.

Loved this moderately challenging trail and the views at the end were spectacular.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Hanging Valley trail weeds out the weak right from the start with a very steep first mile. What makes this hike strenuous is the distance combined with a gross elevation gain of 3700 feet. Fortunately, that 3700 is broken up. First you will climb up 2600 feet in about 4-1/2 miles, then drop down to the beautiful Hanging Valley ledge. The climb back up is what adds up to the gross number.

This trail is mostly wooded, but there are several spectacular points where you can see over trees into the valley. The trail is well maintained, but be advised a summer morning hike will result in dew from low plants soaking your pants and then into your boots. It would be wise to carry spare socks.

My experience was that this hike actually added up to 13.82 miles vs the published 12.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015