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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.8 miles
1,692 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips



wild flowers


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.

1 month ago

A great hike with amazing views the whole hike. Would definitely recommend bringing bear spray, although the only critters I saw were some cows. Trail is very well marked and easy to follow. Not much shade towards the top though so bring sunscreen and lots of water! Great hike! :)

3 months ago

This was a great little hike. our party of 7 had 5 kids, the youngest was 7 and it took us 4 hours. The view from the top was breath taking!

4 months ago

Great views and trail makes ascent less strenuous.

5 months ago

Me and my fiancé went a week ago (2nd week of May) and it was very low traffic. Beautiful views. Well marked trail. As we were leaving we seen some dirt bikers going up, so would watch for that. Other than that it was a wonderful trail.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Hard to get to. Definitely bring bear spray too

Friday, June 23, 2017

A great hike or bike ride!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Beautiful views. Few people. Watch the motorbikes. Actually more like 10 miles.
Went with my fiancé over the Memorial Day Weekend. Quite romantic

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lots of cattle who seemed easily spooked. Otherwise great hike, well marked trail.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

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.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Great early season hike in lesser known area. Watch out for dirtbikers.

recorded Windy Mountain Loop

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017