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on Spanish Peaks

backpacking
6 months ago

Hike is easy for the first 3-4 miles and quite strenuous for the remaining few. Rocky, steep sections prove difficult, but the high mountain terrain, striking views, and fly fishing make the trip more than worth it.

Awesome hike! Last 1.5 miles is killer...pick your own way to go! Total round trip is 13.1 miles

What a beast of a trail. I live at 300' elevation and decided to tackle this monster while visiting. I've hiked all the best trails in Virginia but this was better than all of them. Wasn't that hard to reach the saddle, but proceeding right to summit was incredibly difficult. It's nothing but loose rock or rock scrambles to the summit after the first several hundred feet. I definitely wouldn't have made it without two poles. I would be very cautious while attempting, I had nobody with me and took my sweet time to ascend. Two hours from trail head to saddle. Two hours to summit. Also, the beginning of the trail confused me, stay right instead of going left up the hill. Hopefully that'll make sense when you see it. Lastly, when you reach the saddle the trail goes to the helmet and quickly declines. Instead, find the stack of stones with a stick upright in the middle. There's a trail that puts you mostly half way to the summit.

Fairly easy to the saddle. Then steeper and trail a little less clear. Fabulous views in upper half. Some loose footing in upper third. Recommend one pole for top half.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike for kids and dogs. Not heavy with people traffic. Signs are posted as you walk through to learn about your surroundings. The trail head is across from the parking lot.

One of my favorites.

hiking
9 months ago

Really fun hike. Los of wild flowers!

backpacking
10 months ago

Beautiful creekside trail with mountain view. Several open meadows with flowers galore. Easy trail until a more moderate half-mile uphill to falls. Saw a grizzly on the drive out, within a mile of the trailhead.

hiking
11 months ago

Jeff & Jody August 27, 2017. 1st hike of year. 4.25 hours round trip- 12.8 miles. Sunny. Saw bison, elk & mule deer on way in thru Ted Turner's ranch. Saw 2 mule deer run from Bison on way out.

My fiancé and I tried to hike this trail May 6th but the road to the trailhead is closed until May 16th. We ended up walking up the road for about 3 miles. To get to the waterfall and back it would have been something like 11 miles. Though we were literally walking on a road we saw a moose, buffalo, deer and it was beautiful. We are looking forward to trying the actual hike one day. But would have loved to know the road was closed before hand. Make sure you check before you get your heart set in seeing a waterfall!

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

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.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Fantastic!

hiking
Sunday, August 30, 2015

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.

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 16, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 12, 2015

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

hiking
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lots of flowers. Pretty cool waterfall. Came out this trail on a backpacking trip through the Spanish Peaks.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Great area with lots of options. Most of the lakes have great fishing and camping but they get a lot of use. "The Blaze" is a long strip of snow on Blaze mountain, that sticks around all year for those wishing for some summer turns.

two words: Slide Inn.
this section is magical!

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This is an awesome area. There is camping at the trail head, not a lot of sites but several. This area is used by a lot of horsemen and Backcountry Horsemen of Bozeman have taken on the responsibility to clear this trail and they spend most of their weekends working on trails in this area. There is a Forest Service cabin you can rent at the trailhead also. The trails are very well marked and there are trails for every hiking ability and age. I have seen families up there with young kids to grandparents. The only reason I do not give this a five star is I do not like to be in areas this crowded. There are lots of lakes and fishing opportunities.

on Spanish Peaks

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2011

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! I've seen things on this trip that I've never seen in my life... the terrain is tough, and you need to side step the pack hourse manure along the way, but worth every second of it. Take your time crossing the snow pack trails and scree feilds and take the time to do some fishing at Thomas and Mirror Lake. Must see Mirror Lake in the morning for best results.

Check to be sure all trails are open if you can - avalanche going up to Indian Ridge from Thomas Lake cost us another 5miles.

hiking
Friday, December 10, 2010

This hike starts at USFS Camp "Bear Creek" on the border of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. Trail follows creek for two miles, splits north at a junction, and gains a couple wide meadows before switchbacking through breezy pine forests that end at about four miles, all of this being prime grizzly habitat. Make noise! Follow the trail as it zigzags through meadows (or if snow-covered trudge straight towards the peaks) to a broad saddle. Leave the trail here to either find interesting if not frightening routes among the southern crags of the Helmet, or head east towards the Sphinx. Locate a small break in the cliff bands, more north than you might think, and gain easy access to the steep scree fields that lead all the way to the top. Snow lingers in the gully here well into summer, and crossing can be hazardous. The actual summit is somewhat broad and mesa-like. Lay flat on your chest and peer over the southern rim half a mile straight down into true wilderness.

hiking
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hiking
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