Wood Chute to Blue Bird Mine

Total Miles
7.0

Elevation

2290.68 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

This 7-mile trail takes you from the Wickes Tunnel: Corbin to Basin Trail up to an elevation of 7500 feet, with fantastic views of Boulder. This route includes steep inclines and declines, as you gain 2300 feet. All private property crossings are allowed if you stay on the trails.

Difficulty

Steep inclines and declines on this trail and in this area are fun challenges. In the early spring or after a rain, this trail may be snowy and/or muddy.

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

3

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, as opposed to going through the tunnel. From Basin, you take the Wickes Tunnel: Basin to Corbin Trail and either go through the tunnel to this trail or use Wickes Road Trail to get to this trail.