Cattle Drive to Bear Gulch

Total Miles
12.6

Elevation

2211.7 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

This 12-mile trail starts at Montana Highway 69 near Boulder, MT, at the intersection with Cattle Drive Road. You drive along the Boulder River, go under I-15, and then turn into Galena Gulch on the Berry Meadows Trail. You gain 2400 feet in elevation, ending at just over 7250 feet. All private property crossings are allowed if you stay on the trail. This forest is home to deer, elk, and bears. It's a good idea to travel with recovery equipment, including a saw, a tow strap, and a snatch block in case you have to move trees or branches that are blocking the trail.

Difficulty

If you're in this area in the early spring, you may encounter snow and/or mud. Trail will be muddy after a rain. Otherwise, it's an easy trail. Some areas of erosion will exist.

History

The Deerlodge National Forest in this area covers just under 314,000 acres.

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

From Montana Highway 69 in Boulder, find Cattle Drive Road. You can stage at the intersection here. Follow Cattle Drive Road Trail from this intersection.