Mission Canyon within the Little Rockies – Large Sky Walker

The one.
I’ve loved exploring the ridges, peaks, and canyons of the Little Rockies, and the remoted buttes of the Ft. Belknap Reservation over the previous few years. Typically I really feel like a child in a sweet retailer. Curiously, all however a number of of the tons of of miles I’ve walked have NOT been on established mountaineering trails – I’ve made my very own approach. As for precise mountaineering trails on the reservation, there is just one that I’d suggest – however it’s a dandy! In truth, it is likely to be essentially the most scenic hike in north-central Montana.

Triple possibility.
The trailhead, positioned in Mission Canyon 3.4 miles east of the Hays turnoff (from Freeway 66), is close to a wonderful pink limestone wall recognized to locals as “Purple Rocks”. There are a number of pictures and maps within the photograph tour that will help you discover the “Gap within the Wall Trailhead”. From there, you’ve got three decisions:

1. Gap within the Wall: You may comply with a well-designed path that switch-backs as much as a powerful limestone arch. From the trailhead to the bottom of the arch its is a .4-mile stroll, with 360 toes of elevation achieve.

2. Scenic Level: In the event you’d wish to hike farther, scramble up by means of the opening, then take a tough proper and comply with the path eastward. After a pair hundred toes, the path turns northward after which westward towards a a scenic level overlooking Mission Canyon (at middle of photograph above). The path is faint, so I’ve included a pair maps and extra particulars within the photograph tour. From the Gap within the Wall to the scenic level is .6 miles with little or no elevation achieve. In the event you’ve seen sufficient, comply with the path again down. The hike from the trailhead, by means of the opening to the scenic overlook and again is 2 miles round-trip.

3. Mission Ridge: For an extended hike (3 extra miles) and an amazing view of the Little Rockies and past, proceed on to Mission Ridge. Ranging from the scenic level on the cliff, stroll again to the grime street, take proper onto it and comply with the street for 1.9 miles to Mission Ridge. The grime street fades as you method Mission Ridge, however you gained’t have any hassle discovering it – simply hold going up! Scramble up and alongside the ridge earlier than making your approach over to a little bit grassy peak, the place you may take a break and benefit from the view. On the best way again, you’ll must take a left flip onto a lesser grime street that may take you again to the path, rejoining it a pair hundred toes east of the Gap within the Wall. It’s straightforward to overlook the flip, so consult with the maps within the photograph tour for clarification.

In the event you full all three choices, you’ll have hiked 5 miles, and loved a number of the greatest surroundings to be discovered wherever on the Hello-Line. Give your self a pat on the again, and you’ll want to cease by the Pure Bridge close to the mouth of the canyon in your drive house. Take a couple of minutes to stroll below the bridge into the massive room behind it.

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