Owl Gulch Loop

Total Miles


1392.29 ft


0.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This 3-mile loop connects the Favorite Gulch Trail via Owl Gulch to the Pipeline Trail and Pipeline Loop. Private property crossings are allowed if you stay on the trail. The scenery is spectacular, the forest is healthy and well-maintained, and the wildlife includes deer, elk, moose, and bears. You may encounter some downed timber in some places, so carrying a saw, a snatch block, as well as a tow rope, and other recovery equipment, is a good idea. Take extra fuel, lots of water, and snacks.


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.

Technical Rating


Access Description

From SE Helena, take York Road to the Nelson Road Trail and turn left. Follow Nelson Road Trail to this loop.