Windy Mountain Loop is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Highwood, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until October.
7.1 mile loop with side trip to top of Windy Mountain. The hike starts at Thain Creek Campground and travels north for 1,000 feet to the first trail junction. Continue straight along Tr 431, heading east, for a 2.3-mile climb along Briggs Creek. During this stretch, you'll be treated to intermittent views of Highwood Baldy, the tallest peak in the Highwood Mountains. After cresting a small saddle at mile 2.5, turn left onto Trail 454 for a rolling traverse to Windy Mountain Pass. If you have time to spare, take the scenic detour at the top of the pass to the 5,998-foot summit of Windy Mountain (you won't regret the view). From here, it's a 2.7-mile descent along Thain Creek to the trailhead.
Lots of cattle who seemed easily spooked. Otherwise great hike, well marked trail.
Great hike with lots of variety and sweeping views of the entire Highwood Mountains. Nice mountain creeks too. Watch out for cattle, which along with dirt bikers, are the only negative aspects of this trail.
Great early season hike in lesser known area. Watch out for dirtbikers.