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Ennis, Montana Map
3 months ago

Pros: Pioneer Falls and Creek, beautiful scenery through Flying D Ranch access road, moderate grades
Cons: Heavily used horse trail, horse droppings

This trail is rated as an 'easy' trail. The first half is easy, but the second half should be listed as 'moderate'. Nonetheless, the payoff was worth it as the waterfall was very nice.

5 months ago

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.

7 months ago


1 year ago

1 year ago

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.

Gorgeous views!! Hard hike, but certainly worth the trek up!!

Big Sky is a great resort whether you go in Winter or Summer. Lots of fun activities year round.

Dusty, buggy approach. All the fun was getting to the trailhead.

Great hike, amazing views (even better from the top of sphinx), make sure you give your self enough time to go all the way to the top of sphinx mountain, it not to hard just steep.