East Fork Mill Creek
ElevationAscent: 4,046' 1,233 m
Descent: -4,044' -1,233 m
High: 9,593' 2,924 m
Low: 5,748' 1,752 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“Access to a major geological divide of the Absaroka Beartooths.”— samh Haraldson
The trail terminates atop Silver Pass which is just South of the uniquely multi-faceted hydrologic divide at Boulder Mountain and provides access into the heart of the A/B Wilderness as well as access to short, steep trails leading to Elbow Lake, Mill Creek Pass, Anderson Ridge, and Pyramid Mountain.
The swiftly flowing Mill Creek and its tributaries can provide access issues in Spring and early Summer but with care this journey can be undertaken. One point of interest is the Crystal Cave located just off this trail up the side drainage to Mill Creek Pass.
The trailhead is unassuming and the running starts out like any number of other trails in SW Montana. Steep mountain walls tower above the valley floor where runners hopscotch between sections of thick trees and open meadows. The trail gains elevation at an acceptable rate and tops out at its high point far enough along to not take anyone by surprise.
Camping along its length is plentiful with areas both close to the trailhead as well as very deep into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness complex. Options to create loop routes are plenty, but the car shuttling will require a good chunk of a day, so out-and-back running is probably more reasonable.
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Land Manager: USFS - Gallatin National Forest Office