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Middle View Trail

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park

Helena + Elkhorn Mountains Area, Montana

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  • Start of the Cave Gulch Trail.- Middle View Trail
  • Quick excursion to the park's amphitheater.- Middle View Trail
  • Historic route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.- Middle View Trail
  • Views along the Middle View Trail.- Middle View Trail
  • This park is an excellent location for early season trail access. However, there was still some snow in north-facing and shaded patches.- Middle View Trail
  • Trail ends at the upper visitor center parking lot.- Middle View Trail
  • Closed shop for the winter.- Middle View Trail
  • Incredible views of Jefferson River Valley.- Middle View Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Stunning views. Great early season hiking.
Cons: 
Rattlesnakes in the summer.
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Region:
Helena + Elkhorn Mountains Area, MT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,013.00 ft (308.76 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
5.40 mi (8.69 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,270.00 ft (1,301.50 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Middle View Trail is the newest trail in Montana’s oldest state park. This well-known Montana state park brushes the route of Lewis and Clark’s famous westward expedition and contains one of the Northwest’s largest limestone cave networks.

Access the trailhead from the park’s campground. Briefly follow the Cave Gulch Trail across a wide, sagebrush-filled slope. After reaching a small hill in the mountainside, take a right and begin a moderate series of switchbacks along the eastern face of the mountain. As you tread further along the trail, views of the Tobacco Roots and the Gallatin Range’s Spanish Peaks appear along the southeastern horizon.

The Middle View Trail intersects with the Eastside Trail. Left at the junction takes you to the upper visitor center parking lot, where you can access the cave system, gift shop, and the tail end of the Cave Gulch Trail. The cave is open for guided tours only from May 1 to September 30. Special holiday candlelight tours are available in December.

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