Loop Trail? No
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No Allowed Uses:
Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
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Location: 16 miles south of Plains, MT., In Lolo National Forest, 14 SE of Plains on Forest Hwy 135 at Cascade Campground.
The trailhead is located in Cascade Campground on Montana Highway 135 between St. Regis, Montana, and the junction of Highway 135 and Highway 200. (The campground is approximately 7.5 miles south of Paradise, Montana, and 5 miles south of the junctions of Highways 135 and 200.)
The Iron Mountain Trail #242 follows a wagon road built in 1887 as a route to haul silver ore from the Iron Mountain mine in the Flat Creek drainage to the Clark Fork River near Cascade Campground. An interpretive sign near the campground discusses the historical significance of this trail route. Two overlook areas along the lower trail offer spectacular views of the Clark Fork River valley.
Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted
Average Grade: 6%
Maximum Grade: 12%
Elevation Low Point: 2,600
Elevation High Point: 3,100
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 1980
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsMap: USFS Trail Map
Website: USFS Trail Details
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District
P.O. Box 429
Plains , MT 59859
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