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Spanish Creek and Jerome Rock Lakes Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

20.3 mile 32.6 kilometer loop
86% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,721' 1,134 m
Descent: -3,717' -1,133 m
High: 9,135' 2,784 m
Low: 6,114' 1,864 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Trail shared by samh Haraldson

A zone perfect for exploring the Wilderness not far from Bozeman.

samh Haraldson

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

The proximity of the area to Bozeman, while still having the ability to quickly get away from the crowds, make this a great loop hike.

Description

From the popular Spanish Creek trailhead, follow the creek upstream noticing that the further you go the more the crowds dwindle. At the gorgeous Falls Creek, you'll turn uphill on Jerome Rock Lakes Trail and begin the climb toward Jerome Rock Lakes - a worthy site for camping.

At the lakes spend some time boulder hopping and climbing to the upper lake area. You'll surely have this to yourself for exploring and sublime camping.

The following day, make your way northwest along High Lakes Trail and then down Camp Creek Trail, camping again if you have the time. Continuing down Camp Creek Trail, make a right on Cherry Creek Trail heading southeast.

The run grows a little more boring as you make your way along a private land boundary but the views are still gorgeous and the scenery stunning. Make your way up and down a series of small coulees until you make the final descent back to your vehicle at the Spanish Creek trailhead.

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Waterfall heading up toward Jerome Rock Lakes
Apr 22, 2015 near Big Sky, MT
Spring snowmelt
Apr 22, 2015 near Big Sky, MT
Hiking up the Spanish Creek trail
Apr 22, 2015 near Big Sky, MT

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