Hanging Valley Trail

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Length: 6.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding

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Location: Big Belt Mountains; Vigilante Campground.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Lewis & Clark
Longitude: -111.65056
Latitude: 46.767

Driving Directions

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This six-mile hike up a steep canyon-side and through a coniferous forest ends at an overlook that offers the stalwart hiker a spectacular view down in to Trout Creek Canyon and the surrounding countryside. The trail is rated as difficult due to its elevation gain and length and is not recommended as a first hike of the season or for hikers not looking for a real physical challenge.

Additional Details

Width: 12 inches.
Primary Surface: Gravel
Secondary Surface: Gravel

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 25%
Elevation Low Point: 4,459
Elevation High Point: 6,740
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Visit Montana Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Kurt Cuneo
Helena National Forest
2001 Poplar
Helena , MT 59601
(406) 449-5490



 Photo by Visit Montana.

Photo by Visit Montana.


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