Badger Creek

Total Miles
2.8

Elevation

2,241.34 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

The Badger Creek Trail is just under 3 miles and connects Indian Creek Trail with Merrel Springs Trail. The highest elevation on this trail is 7353 feet, and you drop down to 6400 feet at Merrel Springs. The scenery is spectacular, the forest is healthy and well-maintained, and the wildlife includes deer, elk, moose, and bears. All private property crossings are allowed if you stay on the trail. There are old mining sites, old settlers' cabins, and camping sites to explore.

Photos of Badger Creek

Badger Creek
Badger Creek
Badger Creek

Difficulty

This trail may be muddy in the early spring, you may encounter snow, and it will be muddy after a heavy rain. Otherwise, it's an easy trail with beautiful scenery.

History

This section of the Helena National Forest is 115K acres. The many settlers' cabins that still stand in this area are a testament to the sturdy, resilient people who came west in the 1800s. Canyon Ferry Lake is a man-made reservoir, built to generate electricity, provide irrigation, and help control flooding. It is Montana's third-largest body of water. The original ferry hauled the stagecoach and residents across the river. The toll was 25 cents for a horse, and 50 cents for a team. The ferry was anchored by cables that were strung across the Missouri River. A dam was built in 1896 by the Missouri River Power Company, which made the river below the dam too rough for the ferry, so it was abandoned. Canyon Ferry residents then had to cross the river upstream in rowboats until the first county bridge was built in 1899.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

There are no status reports yet for this trail.

Access Description

From Highway 287/12 between Townsend and Winston, right by the bridge that goes over the Missouri River, you will find the start of the Indian Creek Road Trail. Follow Indian Creek Road Trail to where it joins this trail on the north end, or you can take Indian Creek Road Trail to the Canyon Ferry to Winston via Helena National Forest Trail, turn left there and connect with this trail on the south end.

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