Weston Creek Upper Portion

Total Miles
3.0

Elevation

1888.66 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

Weston Creek Trail connects Indian Creek Road Trail to the Canyon Ferry to Winston via Helena National Forest Trail at the Eagle Guard Cabin. It's two miles, climbing up to 6200 feet in the National Forest. 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.

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, 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. Follow the Lower Portion of Weston Creek Trail up to the Upper Portion.