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Haystack Mountain

photo: Haystack Mtn.  Lookout built in 1936. Photo by USFS.

Length: 3.60 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - Off leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: 12 miles north of Butte, MT., In Deerlodge National Forest, 12 mi. N of Butte, on FS Rd. #638.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Jefferson
Longitude: -112.326314
Latitude: 46.141288

Driving Directions

From Butte, take Interstate 15 north to Helena and exit at Elk Park. Turn right and then left onto Frontage Road paralleling the interstate for approximately four miles, then take a right turn onto Forest Road #1538. Visitors can drive up the road past the gate for another mile, however, the road is not suitable for two wheel vehicles. This would add approximately another mile of walking to the hike.


Easily accessed from Interstate 15, this trail takes you to the location of an old Forest Service lookout (no longer there). Great views from the top of the mountain.

Additional Details

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

Average Grade: 13%
Maximum Grade: 20%
Elevation Low Point: 6,600
Elevation High Point: 8,821
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: USFS 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.

Jocelyn Dodge
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
1820 Meadowlark Ln.
Butte , MT 59701
(406) 494-2147



Haystack Mtn.  Lookout built in 1936. Photo by USFS.

Haystack Mtn. Lookout built in 1936. Photo by USFS.


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