Trail Run Project Logo

Mineral Creek Trail

Extremely Difficult

Trail

4.5 mile 7.2 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 913' 278 m
Descent: -58' -18 m
High: 4,723' 1,439 m
Low: 3,868' 1,179 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

Dogs

No Dogs
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Jake Bramante

Only remnants of the trail remain, leaving tons of downfall and used primarily for the snotel site.

Jake Bramante

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Bring bear spray. Trail not on most maps.

Runner Notes

Walking doesn't even exist for more than 40 yards, no less running.

Description

After a fire came through and burned the area, including the patrol cabin, the trail up Mineral Creek is no longer maintained. Once the main route up to the Highline Trail, a reroute made years ago has changed this trail from a common thoroughfare to a rarely used path. The reroute turned the Highline Trail to Flattop Mountain, which this trail comes off of. The trail is mainly kept on the books for the snotel site near the old cabin due to historical records which is accessed on skis when snow covers it.

For those sadistic souls willing to brave it to the old patrol cabin foundation, expect many creek crossings, confusing game trails, and enough downfall for a lifetime. Route finding skills are imperative as you work your way up the drainage. May be easiest to just put on waders later in the year and head directly up the creek.

Views are nice in spots.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to run.

Flora & Fauna

Post forest plants and shrubs such as fireweed and service berries. Mostly squirrels and chipmunks, but the occasional deer or bear may be seen.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  1.0 from 1 vote

#32

in Lake McDonald

#33505

Overall
  1.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
100%
Trail Rankings

#32

in Lake McDonald

#516

in Montana

#33,505

Overall
7 Views Last Month
135 Since Sep 2, 2015
Extremely Difficult

0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
100%

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running