Maud S. Loop
ElevationAscent: 943' 287 m
Descent: -946' -288 m
High: 6,534' 1,992 m
Low: 5,592' 1,704 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
“A generally singletrack route that opens up over the east side of Butte and loops back down.”— Matt Rachor
At the top of the initial switchbacks, the trail crosses railroad tracks and turns into mostly singletrack until you return to the lower section. Almost immediately you'll reach the loop of this track. This description will be taking the right and following Maud S. Canyon #4815 to the top.
The path will continue east in a relatively flat manner until it crosses the canyon and the creek that (sometimes) runs across it. It will then begin a series of switchbacks and ascents that will take hikers through trees and open hillside.
At just over two miles and 960 ft of accent, an intersection of Maud S. Loop Trail #4816, Maud S. Canyon #4815, and the continuation to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) No. 87 all merge. To the right, the Maud S. Canyon #4815 will continue up to the CDT (see other maps on this site) and to the left will take you to the Maud S. Canyon Vista and down Maud S. Loop Trail #4816 back to the bottom again.
This trail will lead you straight out (more or less) to the vista overlooking Butte. It will then follow similar terrain back down to the railroad tracks alternating between switchbacks and shallow, straight descents.
Though there are trees on this path, it is mostly exposed to the elements. This trail is typically well traveled and often has many visitors. There is typically lots of room for people to step off the trail without breaking stride.
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