Comet/Mount Thompson Loop

Total Miles
3.0

Elevation

2176.62 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

This 3-mile track loops off of the Wickes Tunnel: Basin to Corbin Trail on the Comet/Mount Thompson Trail, and then comes back to Wickes Tunnel: Basin to Corbin Trail on Mount Thompson Spur. You're in the Deerlodge National Forest at an elevation of approximately 7150 feet. There is some downed timber in this forest, and at times, you may have to move a fallen tree to get by. Carrying a saw and a snatch block, as well as a tow rope is a good idea. 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 heavy rain, it will be muddy. Plan ahead by bringing extra fuel and plenty of water and snacks.

Difficulty

Early in the springtime you may encounter snow and/or mud on this trail. After a heavy rain, it will be muddy. Other than possible downed trees, there aren't too many obstacles to navigate.

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 this track, and you can do so from either end. From Basin, you take the Wickes Tunnel: Basin to Corbin Trail and exit to the left on either end of this track.