Weston Creek Lower Portion

Total Miles
2.0

Elevation

1819.77 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

The Weston Creek Lower Portion Trail connects Indian Creek Road Trail to the Weston Creek Upper Portion Trail, the Weston Creek Spur #1, the Merrel Springs Trail, and the Cold Springs Road Trail. It's two miles, going a bit higher into the Helena National Forest. You drive along the West Fork of Indian Creek. The scenery is spectacular, the forest is healthy and well-maintained, and the wildlife includes deer, elk, moose, and bears. All private property crossings are allowed if you stay on the trail. There are old mining sites, old settlers' cabins, and camping sites to explore. If you continue on up Weston Creek Upper Portion Trail, you arrive at the Eagle Guard Cabin, which is available to rent from the Forest Service for an overnight stay.

Difficulty

Easy

History

This section of the Helena National Forest is 115K acres. The many settlers' cabins that still stand in this area are a testament to the sturdy, resilient people who came west in the 1800s. Canyon Ferry Lake is a man-made reservoir, built to generate electricity, provide irrigation, and help control flooding. It is Montana's third-largest body of water. The original ferry hauled the stagecoach and residents across the river. The toll was 25 cents for a horse and 50 cents for a team. The ferry was anchored by cables that were strung across the Missouri River. A dam was built in 1896 by the Missouri River Power Company, which made the river below the dam too rough for the ferry, so it was abandoned. Canyon Ferry residents then had to cross the river upstream in rowboats until the first county bridge was built in 1899.

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

From Highway 287/12 between Townsend and Winston, right by the bridge that goes over the Missouri River, you will find the start of the Indian Creek Road Trail. Follow Indian Creek Road Trail to the Weston Creek Lower Portion trail and make a left turn.