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Larabee Gulch Trail

Helena Montana

Listing Type: National Forest Trail
City: Helena Montana
Region: Southwest Montana

The Larabee Trail was rebuilt in 1978. This is now a very good trail with two switchbacks added and much of the upper trail rerouted. When the trail reaches its highest point at the ridge there is a level mile of trail through the woods to Trail 362. (Larabee Trail no longer goes down to Monarch Mine. To get to Monarch Mine, take Trail 362 northeast, a steep mile downhill to the mine area).

For a loop trip, take Trail 359, Larabee Trail 362 to Blackfoot Meadows, and Trail 329 down to Kading Campground.

The first mile of Larabee Trail is fairly level along the creek and goes past many beaver dams in open woods and meadows. The rest of the trail is in young lodgepole pine and high meadows.

The length of the trail is 4.0 miles. It begins at Forest Road 227 and ends at Trail Junction 362. Area maps available are the Helena National Forest Visitor Map and USGS Map1: Bison Mountain, Township 8N; Range 7W; Section 23.

Directions: From Helena go west on Route 12 over MacDonald Pass. Just before Elliston, take the gravel road south to Larabee Gulch, 2 miles before Kading Campground. (Loop Trip: Access via Trail 329 from 0.5 mile past Kading Campground). At the Trailhead is a privately owned bridge with a gate across it. You may walk across the bridge, but motorized vehicles are not permitted past the bridge.

Larabee Gulch Trail
Helena National Forest, Helena, MT 59601

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  • Sightseeing
  • Nature Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Picnicking
  • Bird Watching
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