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A nice route through a mix of burned/unburned forest and meadows to a lovely pond.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

Point to Point

4,767' 1,453 m

High

4,553' 1,388 m

Low

252' 77 m

Up

39' 12 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy walking with a pond.

Bring bear spray.

Description

This easy trail starts at the historic 1913 ranger station which is no longer staffed. The trail works up through an older forest and wonderful meadow mix. Wildflowers are incredible in this area.

After a short stint through an older forest that has a haunted feel, you emerge to more incredible flower meadows. You then enter a combination of burned forest and meadows. The birding is great here as is the continuing wildflowers that start in the spring and extend into the summer. You eventually reach the small beaver pond which introduces some waterfowl. The trail continues on, moving through more burned lodgepole with aspen forests until it intersects the Red Eagle Trail. Follow this back to the ranger station to complete a loop.

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Flora & Fauna

Loads of wildflowers from spring to summer including asters, indian paintbrush, geraniums, and gaillardia. The birding is incredible from woodpeckers and warblers to waterfowl and wrens.

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Jake Bramante

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 4 votes

#19

in St. Mary

#27223

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#19

in St. Mary

#572

in Montana

#27,223

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In the spring, the trail passes through a field of wildflowers.
Oct 6, 2018 near St. Mary, MT
View of Beaver Pond
Apr 6, 2016 near St. Mary, MT
There are some NPS buildings at the beginning of the trail. The vegetation is a indication of things to come.
Oct 6, 2018 near St. Mary, MT

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Aug 11, 2023
David Hitchcock
Followed a Ranger led hike that provided great info on what was going on around the trail.
Aug 4, 2023
Alyssa Lortie
Guided hike 3.5mi
Jul 21, 2023
Alyssa Lortie
Guided hike 3.5mi
Jul 19, 2023
Alyssa Lortie
Test hike 3mi
Jun 1, 2023
Alyssa Lortie
Guided tour with Frank 3.2mi
Jun 4, 2021
James Ritzema
Hike to a beaver pond. Trail was clear 1.8mi
Jun 24, 2019
Susan Mowry
Jul 6, 2018
Stephanie Cairney
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