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Bear Trap Trail

photo: Beautiful winter day!. Photo by Jason ogle.

Length: 9.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: At Madison Dam below Ennis Lake off US 287 S of Three Forks.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Madison
Longitude: -111.65805
Latitude: 45.45148

Driving Directions

From Ennis, Montana, go northeast on Highway 287 to McAllister and connect with a gravel road, continuing on it to the south access. To reach the north access, take Highway 287 east of Norris 8 miles and then continue 3 miles south of the Red Mountain Campground on the gravel Beartrap Road. Beartrap Canyon is about 35 miles from Bozeman, Montana.


Hiking trails follows the river the length of the canyon but cannot be accessed from the south end. The trail provides visitors outstanding hiking and backpacking. The trail drops down to meet the river periodically throughout its length, offering opportunities to filter water.

Additional Details

Width: 14 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: State of Montana

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:
Dillon Resource Area, BLM
1005 Selway Dr.
Dillon, MT 59725



Beautiful winter day!. Photo by Jason ogle.

Beautiful winter day!. Photo by Jason ogle.

The trail follows the river for the length of the canyon. Photo by BLM.

The trail follows the river for the length of the canyon. Photo by BLM.


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