Lewis & Clark Caverns Trail

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Lewis & Clark Caverns, Montana State Park


Length: 
Varies (depending on which trails you take)

Duration: 30 minutes to all day

Difficulty: Easy to difficult 

Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet (overall)

Activities: Hiking, trail running, mountain biking, fishing

Crowds: Heavy traffic 
 

About
The Lewis & Clark Caverns Trail system offers 7 different trails to reach the caverns. From easy to difficult, the trails are: Nature Loop Trail, which is a 1/4 mile jaunt; Fly Fishing Access Trail, which takes you just over 1 mile along the Jefferson River; Greer Gulch Loop Trail, which is a moderate 2-mile hike; Danmore Gypsum Mine Trail, another 2-mile hike from which you can still see the old mine; Middle View Trail, which runs down a large dolomite knob; Cave Gulch Trail, which gains 1,000 feet in 2 miles and leads right to the L&C Caverns Visitor Center; and the East Side Trail, which winds for 4 miles, starting and ending at the same places as Cave Gulch Trail. Alternatively, adventurers can take the "Grand Loop," a 6-mile hike that starts and stops at the campground or visitor center. 

Seasonal Conditions
Dry when other trails aren't—thanks to its desert-like conditions—L&C Caverns is a favorite spring ride for singletrack-hungry cyclists. The trail is also popular in the winter, when the Lewis & Clark Caverns offer scheduled candlelight tours of the caves for fun family outings. 

Directions
From Bozeman, drive west on I-90 to the Hwy. 287 exit west of Three Forks. Drive south on Hwy. 2/287, and at the Y intersection, bend right onto Hwy. 2. Travel west along the Jefferson River until you reach Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. Parking is on the north side of the highway. 

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