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Great Falls, MT: Windy Mountain Loop

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Distance: 7.1 miles


This 7.1-mile dayhike in Lewis and Clark National Forest loops through the Highwood Mountains, skirting several creeks and the broad summit of Windy Mountain.
  • Highwood Mountains
  • Trailhead
  • First Trail Junction
  • First Creek Crossing
  • Highwood Baldy
  • Briggs Creek
  • Rock Throne
  • Grassy Hillside
  • Grassy Slopes
  • Trailside Views
  • Wildflowers
  • Open Ridgeline
  • Forest
  • Trail

When snow blankets the trails in Montana's high country, head to the Highwood Mountains for this lower-elevation trek that traces several creeks and winds beneath Windy Mountain. The hike starts at Thain Creek Campground and travels north for 1,000 feet to the first trail junction. Turn right, heading east, for a 2.3-mile climb along Briggs Creek. During this stretch, you'll be treated to intermittent views of Highwood Baldy, the tallest peak in the Highwood Mountains. After cresting a small saddle at mile 2.5, turn left onto Trail 454 for a rolling traverse to Windy Mountain Pass. If you have time to spare, take the scenic detour at the top of the pass to the 5,998-foot summit of Windy Mountain (you won't regret the view). From here, it's a 2.7-mile descent along Thain Creek to the trailhead.

-Mapped by Stacey Thurlow and Mark Taylor

TO TRAILHEAD: US 87 S to MT 228/Highwood Rd. In 13.7 miles, turn left to stay on Highwood Rd./MT 228. In 6.2 miles, turn right onto Upper Highwood Creek Rd. (follow signs for Thain Creek Campground). In 6.4 miles, turn left to stay on Upper Highwood Creek Rd. In 7.1 miles, turn left onto Thain Creek Rd. Follow 1.4 miles to trailhead parking on left.

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