Bluebird Mine Trail Loop

Total Miles
1.9

Elevation

2083.35 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

This 2-mile loop connects the Bluebird Mine Trail to Between Gulch Trail and Flynn Gulch Road. It travels through the Helena National Forest at an average elevation of 6500 feet. All private property crossings are allowed if you stay on the trail. The scenery is beautiful. The views are amazing. This forest is home to deer, elk and bears. If you are here in the early springtime, you may encounter snow and/or mud. After a heavy rain, it will be muddy. Plan ahead by bringing extra fuel and plenty of water and snacks. Traveling with recovery equipment, including a saw, a snatch block and a tow rope, is a good idea. You may encounter downed trees that need to be removed.

Difficulty

If you're in this area in the early springtime, you may encounter snow and/or mud on the trail. Otherwise, it's an easy trail.

History

Wickes, MT, was a booming mining camp in the early 1880s, but in '82 a fire destroyed the Alta Company Mill. The Wickes Tunnel is an abandoned railroad tunnel that's over a mile long. The first train through the tunnel was in 1888. It was made up of six coaches, and it carried prominent citizens from Helena, Boulder and Butte. As late as the 4th of July, it's not uncommon to find the tunnel with snow and ice still present.

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

From Corbin, you follow Corbin Road, which turns into the Wickes Tunnel: Basin to Corbin Trail. You will take a right on Wood Chute Cr to Bluebird Mine, as opposed to going through the tunnel. Then take a right on Flynn Gulch Road to this trail. From Basin, you take the Wickes Tunnel: Basin to Corbin Trail and either go through the tunnel to Wood Chute Cr to Bluebird Mine Trail or use Wickes Road Trail to get to Wood Chute Cr to Bluebird Mine Trail, and then take Wood Chute to Flynn Gulch Road. From Flynn Gulch Road, you will access this trail.