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Woodchopper Ridge

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Lewis And Clark National Forest, Belt Creek Ranger District, Little Belt Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Kelly Mountain, Middle Fork Judith River, Yogo Peak, Yogo Creek, Coyote Peak, Big Deer Point

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This area offers a scenic but rugged linear ATV trail and a handful of single track trails. The main trail is about 11 miles long and starts off near Yogo Creek and heads west, gradually climbing Woodchopper Ridge, Kelly Mountain and eventually ending near Yogo Peak. There are some single track trails that branch off the main trail that form several side loops, eventually tying into the surrounding forest service roads.

This trail system is close to the Russian Flat Area but there appears to be no direct access from Woodchopper Ridge, so you will have to haul unless street legal. This area has a short season and is generally snow free and open to motorized use between July through the end of August. For current conditions contact the Belt Creek Ranger District before heading out.

A small campground with three sites can be found at Judith Guard Station. A cabin rental is also available which can comfortably sleep up to eight people. Amenities include basic cooking utensils, kitchen table with chairs, outdoor porch, propane heating and cookstove, drinking water (summer months only) and gas lanterns (bring your own propane cylinders). Additional camping can be found at Indian Hill, Hay Canyon, Dry Pole Canyon and Russian Flat.

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Permit RequiredYesMontana OHV Permit
Dates OpenJuly 1 - August 31
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 ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
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 trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


CommentCabin rental fee - $60/night.


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CitySapphire Village, MT
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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 about 13 miles
4) Turn right (north) onto S Fork Road/Yoga Creek Road, continue about 2 miles toward trailhead.


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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Woodchopper Ridge Trail

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Approx Size16,000 acres (25 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation6150 to 8100 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
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 some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
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 few berms.Few
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
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 Gasoline20-30 Miles (NE)Eddies Corner (406) 374-2471
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (NE)Eddies Corner (406) 374-2471
Potable Water WaterOn SiteJudith Guard Station (406) 236-5100
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (NW)Fort Ponderosa Campground (406) 277-3232
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (NW)Fort Ponderosa Campground (406) 277-3232
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteJudith Guard Station (406) 236-5100
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (NE)Eddies Corner (406) 374-2471
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