Pioneer Loop

Type: Backcountry
Length: 35.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Motorized vehicles - ATV riding
Motorized vehicles - Motorcycling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: 6 miles south of Wise River, MT.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Beaverhead
Latitude: 45.72023
: -113.02499

From Wise River take forest Hwy 93 - the Pioneer Mts. Scenic Byway south approximately 5 miles to the Shine Creek trailhead (north end). Or 17.2 miles to Lacy Creek Road, TR and 3.5 miles to end of road at Lacy Creek trailhead (south end).


The trail passes through the West Pioneer Wilderness Study Area and provides the opportunity for an extended multi-day trail experience for those camping along the trail. Beautiful backcountry experience.

The trail climbs from Shine Creek steeply for 4 miles to Shine Mt top Follows crest of W. Pioneer Mts. through pine forests with many open views. Fishing lakes near trail. Deer, elk, mountain goat may be seen. Open views of mountain ranges/valleys

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 8%
Elevation Low Point: 6,100
Elevation High Point: 9,200
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

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:
Dale McKnight
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
P.O. Box 100
Wise River , MT 59762
(406) 832-3178



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