Crow Creek Falls Trail
ElevationAscent: 896' 273 m
Descent: -896' -273 m
High: 5,926' 1,806 m
Low: 5,368' 1,636 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“A trail running along a scenic creek to a beautiful waterfall.”— Dylan Graves
Features Birding · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Camping can be had at many spots along the trail.
After this, rise up from the valley floor to a ridgeline, which leads you through meadows and coniferous forests to the falls. There are a few small water crossings, but you shouldn't get your feet wet, even at high water.
On the way out, there are two relatively steep but short climbs. The first occurs about 1.5 miles in, and the next about a mile after that. The trail descends rather sharply to the waterfall just after mile 3. The hills can be a bit quad-burning, but they just make the ~6-mile round trip run all the more worth it!
The trail ends at the falls, but for a longer run, there is a junction with trail #112 near the falls that takes you deeper into the Elkhorn mountains.
History & Background
The property including the falls was listed for sale in 1983 in the Wall Street Journal for $1 million, after the owner was able to make very little money. Finally, in 2002, the 20-acre mining claim and falls were purchased for $150,000 by the American Land Conservancy, who retained ownership until the property and the falls were restored to their natural state. For a more complete history, check out fs.usda.gov/detailfull/hlcn….
Land Manager: USFS - Helena National Forest Office