Hay Canyon Trail

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2,176.09 ft



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Trail Overview

Open July 1 - Oct 14. Hay Canyon Trail is in the Little Belt Mountains, located in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, Southeast of Great Falls and Northwest of Harlowton, Montana. From Hay Canyon Campground, the Eastern end of the trail goes through a canyon that has some heavily forested areas. Along the way are clearings revealing interesting rocky canyon walls. The western part of the trail has some steep sections but nothing too difficult. The trail ends at a junction where you can connect to multiple other trails. Overall, most of the trail is very smooth. This is an easy ride that is especially enjoyable in the summer when you will be treated to a lot of shade as you are mostly in the trees. Cellular service is non-existent here, so plan ahead with offline maps before your trip.

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Hay Canyon Trail
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Hay Canyon Trail


Some short steep sections

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Status Reports

Rory Edwards
Jul 01, 2023
Jeremy Boeckel
Jun 30, 2023
Permanently Closed
Officially Closed Sign

Access Description

Access this area of the Little Belt Mountains from the South via Harlowton, US Hwy 12, turn north at Spring Creek Rd. Or from the North via US Hwy 87, at either Hobson or Windham take Utica Hwy toward Utica, continue South through Utica and Saphire Village, taking what is now S Fork Rd to Hay Canyon Campground.

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