Loop Trail? No
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No Allowed Uses:
Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Motorized vehicles - Four wheel drive
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Location: 17 miles west of Wisdom, MT on MT Hwy 43 and 7 miles west of Big Hole National Battlefield; 8 miles east of Chief Joseph Pass on MT Hwy 43. In the northern end of the West Big Hole Mountains.
Take Hwy 43 west of Wisdom 16 miles. Turn off Hwy 43 into May Creek Campground. Go through campground to the SW corner through a large gate. Trail begins in meadow, and leads west.
May Creek Trail parallels meandering May Creek along the edge of lush creek banks and over wildflower filled meadows to May Creek Cabin. The trail is most frequently used as an out-and-back to access May Creek Cabin in both Summer and Winter. It can also be used to create a loop with trails in the area after it climbs from the creek to meet the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).
May Creek Trail begins in May Creek Campground at the gate near campsite #14 and is 2 miles to the Cabin. Another 2.5 miles beyond the cabin, the trail leaves the gentle creek bottom and climbs to follow a wooded ridge to its junction with the Anderson Mountain Road and the CDT.
Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil
Average Grade: 12%
Maximum Grade: 35%
Elevation Low Point: 5,772
Elevation High Point: 7,694
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 1,370 feet
Year Designated: 1980
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: May Creek Cabin link on Rec.gov
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