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Highwood Mountains Motorcycle Trails

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Thain Creek Campground, Windy Mountain, Middle Fork, Prospect Peak, Lewis And Clark National Forest

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Lewis and Clark National Forest offers about 20 miles of designated single track trails that form multiple loops. The trails are mostly smooth and twisty and wind through a nice mix of grassy meadows to deep woods with plenty of nice mountain views.

Camping with direct trail access can be found at Thain Creek Campground, which offers 12 primitive sites. There are no services except for two vault toilets, so bring your own supplies. An additional day use staging area can be found about 1/4 mile east past the entrance for the campground.

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Permit RequiredYesMontana OHV Permit
Dates OpenDecember 2 - October 14
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoA non-resident temporary registration sticker is required. (As of March 2020, Montana no longer honors stickers from any other states.)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on designated trails
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Tent: $5.00
RV: $5.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Thain Creek Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityHighwood, MT
AddressThain Creek Road, Highwood, MT 59450
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Great Falls, MT
1) Take US-87 East about 5 miles
2) Turn left (north) onto Highwood Road, continue 13.7 miles
3) Turn left to stay on Highwood Road, continue about 6 miles
4) Turn right (east) onto Upper Highwood Creek Road, continue 13.6 miles
5) Campground entrance is on the left.


Contact InfoLewis And Clark National Forest
1101 15th ST No.
Great Falls, MT 59401
(406) 791-7700
Contact InfoMontana Fish, Wildlife And Parks
1420 East 6th Avenue
Helena, MT 59620-0701
(406) 444-2950
CommentMontana OHV Permit Info


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Highwood Mountains Motorcycle Trails

Photo Submitted 5/22/2017 (Thanks!)

Highwood Mountains Trail Photo

Highwood Mountains Motorcycle Trails

Photo Submitted 5/22/2017 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size12,800 acres (20 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4500 to 5500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Highwood Service Station (406) 733-5251
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (W)Sinclair (406) 727-5746
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (SW)Fort Ponderosa Campground (406) 277-3232
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (SW)Fort Ponderosa Campground (406) 277-3232
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (SW)Fort Ponderosa Campground (406) 277-3232
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteThain Creek Campground (406) 566-2292
Convenience Store Conv Store30+ Miles (W)Sinclair (406) 727-5746
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