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Very nice hike to Helmet- Sphinx saddle. The continuation down and around the Helmet, isn't too bad, but requires 5or 6 creek crossings, possibly dangerous in high water. You will want wading shoes.the last mile goes on forever. Will definitely do that first half again, one of the prettiest hikes anywhere especially in early July.
The loop is a great two night hike with high alpine views and fishing. Follow 407 to junction of 410 and 401. 410 is considerably shorter but staying on either will complete loop; be ready for a climb either way. I recommend staying first night a Upper Falls Creek Lake or Jerome Rock Lake. From there make your way to Big Brother Lake for the second night. One thing to watch for is the junction of trails 409 and 401, a little less than a mile before Big Brother. The intersection is marked by a post but make sure you are looking for cairns. Once at this intersection look for cairn to north (401) and one to east (409). Great small wilderness with a lot of options; definitely a yearly destination for me.
This is just one more amazingly beautiful mountainous spot in Montana. I didn't quite make it to the top because the steepness was getting to me since I'm afraid of heights. And the top of Sphinx is all loose gravel, which makes it all that more difficult. I was going real slow and careful, but everyone else was blowing right past me. It does take several hours though so prepare for that.
Nice hike along a creek - didn't see any other hikers the whole time. NOTE: "trailhead" is across the street from the Beehive Basin parking lot and is now marked as the SummitView Nature Trail. Saw tons of moose poop, but no animals. Quite a few trees are down across the trail, but getting over or around them was manageable.