Lewis & Clark Caverns Trails - Hike and Mountain Bike near Whitehall, Montana
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Road, Whitehall, MT 59759, USA,Whitehall,Montana
45.82413019058415, -111.8569273915856
12.0 miles E of Whitehall, Montana
Address: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Road, Whitehall, MT 59759, USA
GPS: 45°49'26.9"N 111°51'24.9"W
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State: Montana
Trails/Routes: 0.4-3.9 mi

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Hike and Mountain Bike

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is a 3,000-acre park with over 10 miles of trails open to hikers and mountain bikers. It is easy to be one with nature as you explore these adventurous trails.

The trails in Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park come in a variety of difficulty levels. The easiest trail, Nature Loop Trail, is a quarter mile loop that can be easily completed in a short amount of time. Fishing Access Trail is a 1.3-mile trail from the park’s campground. This trail has about a 100-foot elevation gain. These trails are wonderful for hikers and mountain bikers looking for an easy route where you can connect with nature.

Some of the more difficult trails in Lewis & Clark include East Side Trail and Cave Gulch Trail. East Side Trail is an almost four-mile trail that stretches from the top of the park to the bottom, with an 831-foot elevation change. Cave Gulch trail is shorter, about two miles in length, and steeper with an over 1000-foot change in elevation. Parts of these trails very rocky or washed out making for an exciting ride.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park has the perfect set up for a shuttle. Most trails can be accessed from the main road at the top or at the bottom of the trail. All trails in the park are connected making it easy to have an all-day adventure exploring every trail.

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Never modify trail features. Ride trails when they're dry enough that you won't leave ruts. Speak up when you see others on the trail and always yield to hikers, horses, and others coming uphill. Always ride on the established trail.

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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Directions

From Whitehall, Montana

  1. Head east on MT-2 E/W Legion Ave toward N Division St
    Continue to follow MT-2 E
    (7.3 mi)
  2. Turn left to stay on MT-2 E (7.4 mi)
  3. Turn left (0.2 mi)
  4. Turn left
    Destination will be on the right
    (0.3 mi)
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Trails

Distance ?

3.9 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-831 feet

Real Ascent ?

754 feet

Real Descent ?

1,585 feet

Avg Grade (-2°)

-4%

Grade (-30° to 33°)

-57% to 65%

Distance ?

1.8 miles

Elevation Gain ?

573 feet

Real Ascent ?

814 feet

Real Descent ?

241 feet

Avg Grade (4°)

6%

Grade (-21° to 24°)

-39% to 44%

Distance ?

1.3 miles

Elevation Gain ?

361 feet

Real Ascent ?

441 feet

Real Descent ?

80 feet

Avg Grade (3°)

5%

Grade (-10° to 15°)

-18% to 27%

Distance ?

0.5 miles

Elevation Gain ?

91 feet

Real Ascent ?

101 feet

Real Descent ?

10 feet

Avg Grade (2°)

4%

Grade (-3° to 7°)

-6% to 13%

Distance ?

0.4 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-43 feet

Real Ascent ?

45 feet

Real Descent ?

88 feet

Avg Grade (-1°)

-2%

Grade (-15° to 12°)

-27% to 21%

Distance ?

2.0 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-1,032 feet

Real Ascent ?

131 feet

Real Descent ?

1,163 feet

Avg Grade (-6°)

-10%

Grade (-20° to 16°)

-36% to 28%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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