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Belly River Trail

Intermediate

Trail

6.2 mile 10.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 277' 84 m
Descent: -923' -281 m
High: 5,328' 1,624 m
Low: 4,563' 1,391 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Jake Bramante

A combination of lodgepole pines, aspens, and epic meadows with fantastic views.

Jake Bramante

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Bring bear spray.

Description

This trail, starting about 50 yards from the US/Canada border, is the gateway to the Belly River area. It starts out in a pleasant lodgepole forest with no views. As you work your way down to the valley floor, the trail transitions to areas of aspen groves and sparsely forested meadows giving you previews of the area.

Once down on the valley floor, meadows become more common and include impressive views of the surrounding rocky peaks. The trail alternates between various combinations of large meadows, the Belly River, and pine and aspen forests with little streams trickling down from Lee Ridge.

As you approach the Belly River Ranger Station, the trail is predominately amazing meadows with mountains jutting up from wooded foothills.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Loads of meadow wildflowers such as lupine, indian paintbrush, asters, etc. Birding is great, ranging from meadow birds like Sandhill Cranes and Vesper Sparrows to chickadees and thrushes in the forests. Deer, elk, moose, and bear can be found anywhere along the way.

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Jun 25, 2019
Cody Rickwalt
6.2mi
Jun 24, 2019
Cody Rickwalt
6.2mi
Sep 17, 2018
Sarah Rohm
Rainy out gorgeous back 6mi
Sep 11, 2018
Brian Bowen
Aug 28, 2018
Dan Fitzgerald
Jul 4, 2018
Justin Berger
Great Hike. Lots of wild flowers. One black bear. 12.4mi
Jun 28, 2018
Ryan Payne
Jun 25, 2018
Melodie Prevost

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  3.7 from 6 votes

#13

in Belly River

#17146

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#13

in Belly River

#330

in Montana

#17,146

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View from Belly River Ranger Station corrals south towards Cosley Ridge.
Apr 7, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT
View of Gable Mountain from the trail.
Apr 7, 2016 near Swiftcu…, MT

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