Length: 2.4 miles
Closest Town: Lincoln, MT
Directions: Directions from Lincoln, MT: Take MT-200 E/Main St for 10.2 miles. Turn left onto Alice Creek Rd and continue for 8.6 miles until you reach the trailhead. Unless full, the trailhead has parking and turn around space for trailers.
USGS 7.5 quadrangle: Blow Out Mountain; USFS: HelenaLewis and Clark National Forest, Lincoln; CDTC Map Set: Maps 381 and 382, Section MT23.
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Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, Lincoln Ranger District (406)-362-4265
This scenic, family-friendly trail celebrates the rich pioneer and Native history of the area. This pass is where Merriweather Lewis crossed the Rocky Mountains on his return back east, and where Native American tribes would cross over the Divide into the plains of Eastern Montana. Starting from the Alice Creek Trailhead, follow an old road until the trail begins to climb (about 0.3 miles into the hike). Eventually, hikers will come to a junction with the CDT, where there is a large sign marking the historical significance of the site. Sweeping views of the East Rocky Mountains and lush fields of wildflowers make this even more of a bang-for-your-buck day hike.
Photo by Sean Jansen