Lamar River Stock Cutoff Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Gate, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
72 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The Lamar River Trail, and numerous trails that branch from it, receive a fair amount pack-horse use. This large pullout with restrooms is dedicated for their use as a trailhead. This short, .9-mile trail leaves the trailhead and quickly fords good-sized Soda Butte Creek. It then continues across an open meadow in the middle of the Lamar Valley. This valley is often called the Serengeti of North America. It is not uncommon to see buffalo, elk, grizzly, wolves, and antelope throughout the valley. At the .9-mile mark, the Stock Cutoff Trail joins the main Lamar River Trail.

snowshoeing
9 months ago

Not for people unless you want to ford Soda Butte Creek in your boots (or snowshoes as my case was) to get to the pedestrian trail. Go down the road to the Soda Butte Creek footbridge if you want an actual hike. However, a lot of people were stopped in this area for wildlife watching. I only saw bison and moose, but supposedly wolf are often spotted there.