Iron Mtn. Trail #242/Cascade Falls Trail #242-A

photo: Tera on the trail. Photo by Phoebe Fortunate.

Length: 1.20 miles
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.

State(s): Montana
Counties: Sanders
Longitude: -114.825
Latitude: 47.30537

Driving Directions

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.

Additional Details

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:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: USFS Trail Map
Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

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.

Trail Management:
Marc Childress
Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District
P.O. Box 429
Plains, MT 59859
(406) 826-3821
[email protected]



Falls from the trail. Photo by Phoebe Fortunate.

Falls from the trail. Photo by Phoebe Fortunate.

Tera on the trail. Photo by Phoebe Fortunate.

Tera on the trail. Photo by Phoebe Fortunate.


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