Vinal Creek Trail #9/ Purcell Summit

photo: Trail work, photo by Bill Fansler

Length: 25.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

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Location: 8 mi. S of Canadian border off CR 508.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Lincoln
Longitude: -115.64396
Latitude: 48.86103

Driving Directions

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A portion of the Vinal Creek trail to the junction with the Turner Creek Trail is an excellent family hiking opportunity as it climbs less than four hundred feet in three and one-half miles. The trail system accesses a lookout tower on Mt. Henry which offers a dramatic view of the Kootenai Valley, Glacier Park, Canadian Rockies, Selkirk Mountains, and the Cabinet Mountains to the south.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 25%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: 7,243
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

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:
Eric Heyn
US Forest Service
1299 Highway 93 north
Eureka, MT 59917
(406) 296-2530
[email protected]

Trail management:
Marie Mason
US Forest Service
1437 North Hwy. 2
Troy, MT 59935
(406) 295-4693



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