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Deep Creek

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Lewis And Clark National Forest, Belt Creek Ranger District, Little Belt Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Bear Gulch, Deep Creek Park, Smith River, Deep Creek Ridge, Mount Vesuvius, Bald Hills, Sawmill Gulch, Logging Creek, Taylor Hills, Balsinger Creek, Monument Peak Lookout, Wood Gulch, Deer Creek, Green Mountain, Pilgrim Creek, Wild Rock Canyon, Sprague Gulch

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This part of the Little Belt Mountains offers miles of designated single track trails that form long loops geared for the advanced rider. The area offers a wide variety of terrain that ranges from steep climbs and descents, narrow ridges and switchbacks plus rugged sections of loose chunk rock. There are a few side trails open to ATVs but this area is primarily geared for dirt bike riders.

There are several staging areas to choose from but there are no services. Logging Creek Campground is located a few miles north of the Deep Creek Trailhead and has 25 sites. The campground is primitive and does not provide direct trail access, so unless street legal, motorcycles will have to be hauled to and from the trailheads.

Most of the trails are open to motorized use from July through November except for the Pilgrim Creek Trail, which has it's own schedule that alternates between motorized and non-motorized use.

**Pilgrim Creek is open to motorcycles beginning May 16 through October 14 every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday through Monday is permitted only when Friday is an ODD numbered day.

For a detailed trail map see pages 11, 13 and 23.

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Permit RequiredYesMontana OHV Permit
Dates OpenJuly 1 - November 30
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 WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on Trail 302, 338, 345 and 344
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on Trail 302, 338, 345 and 344
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
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on the trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Tent: $10.00
RV: $10.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Logging Creek Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityMonarch, MT
AddressLogging Creek Road, Monarch, MT 59463
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Great Falls, MT
1) Take US-87 south about 22 miles
2) Turn right (south) onto US-89, continue 10 miles
3) Turn right (south-west) onto Evans Riceville Road, continue 8.1 miles
4) Continue straight onto Lick Creek Lane, continue about 4 miles
5) Turn right (south-west) onto Logging Creek Road, continue 6.8 miles
6) Deep Creek Staging Area is on the right (west).

For Taylor Hills Staging Area:
7) Continue south past Deep Creek Staging Area about 5 miles
8) Staging area is on the right.

For Balsinger Staging Area:
9) Continue east past Taylor Hills Staging Area about 5 miles
10) Staging area is on the left (north).


Contact InfoLewis And Clark National Forest - Belt Creek Ranger District
4234 US Highway 89 North
Neihart, MT 59465
(406) 236-5100
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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Approx Size128,000 acres (200 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail75
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3800 to 7100 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 mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
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 few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.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 Gasoline30+ Miles (NE)Kirby Korner Truck Stop (406) 738-4400
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (NE)Kirby Korner Truck Stop (406) 738-4400
Potable Water WaterMonarch, MT
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (NE)Fort Ponderosa Campground (406) 277-3232
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (NE)Fort Ponderosa Campground (406) 277-3232
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (N)Logging Creek Campground (406) 236-5100
Convenience Store Conv Store30+ Miles (NE)Kirby Korner Truck Stop (406) 738-4400
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