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Russian Flat

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Lewis And Clark National Forest, Belt Creek Ranger District, Little Belt Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Holiday Camp, Hay Canyon, Lost Fork Ridge, Sand Point, Burnt Ridge, Hidden Lake, Burley Peak, Ettien Spring, Middle Fork Judith, Hunters Spring Cabin

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This part of the Little Belt Mountains offers miles of high elevation riding with various degrees of difficulty plus a beginner youth loop near Russian Camp. The trail system has a couple primitive campgrounds that offer direct trail access, which includes Hay Canyon and Holiday Camp. Russian Camp is about 1.5 miles away from the youth loop but does not offer direct trail access (unless street legal).

This trail system is located south of Woodchopper Ridge but there appears to be no direct access so you will have to haul unless street legal. This area has a short season and is generally open to motorized use between July through mid October but exact dates vary. For current conditions check with the Belt Creek Ranger District before heading out.

Camping is primitive at the designated campgrounds but bring your own supplies. A rustic cabin rental is also in the area and is located about 10 miles west past Russian Camp. The cabin can sleep up to eight people and includes basic cooking utensils, propane cookstove and wood stove. Bring your own water.

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Permit RequiredYesMontana OHV Permit
Dates OpenJuly 1 - 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 WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
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 designated trails
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on designated trails
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 BlazingProhibitedno trailblazing
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CitySapphire Village, MT
AddressSouth Fork Road, Hobson, MT 59452
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Great Falls, MT
1) Take US-87 South about 65 miles
2) Turn right (south) onto MT-541, continue about 11 miles
3) Turn right (south) onto Utica Loop/Pigeye Road, continue 12.8 miles
4) Veer left (south) at the fork onto S Fork Road, continue about 4.5 miles
5) Hay Canyon Campground is on the left (west).

For Russian Flat Campground:
6) Continue south past Hay Canyon Campground 9.4 miles
7) Campground entrance is on the left (south).

For Holiday Camp:
8) Continue west past Russian Flat Campground 3.5 miles
9) Turn right (north) onto Ettin Ridge Road, continue 2.2 miles
10) Campground entrance is on the right.


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


Russian Flat Trail Photo

Russian Flat Trail

Photo Submitted 1/31/2019 (Thanks!)

Russian Flat Trail Photo

Russian Flat Trail

Photo Submitted 1/31/2019 (Thanks!)

Russian Flat Trail Photo

Russian Flat Trail

Photo Submitted 1/31/2019 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size44,800 acres (70 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail35
Climate TypeForest
Elevation5900 to 8000 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 some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
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 some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
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)Eddies Corner (406) 374-2471
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (NE)Eddies Corner (406) 374-2471
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (N)Judith Guard Station (406) 236-5100
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (N)Fort Ponderosa Campground  (406) 277-3232
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (N)Fort Ponderosa Campground  (406) 277-3232
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store30+ Miles (NE)Eddies Corner (406) 374-2471
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