Soap Creek

Ennis, Montana (Madison County)

Last Updated: 09/18/2021
3.5 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Highlight: Soap Creek
Flatiron Mountain Road is located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the largest of the national forests in Montana covering 3.35 million acres. This road is less than an hours drive from Ennis or West Yellowstone, and just under 2 hours from Big Sky Montana. Soap Creek is the last of three trails making a loop back to Standard Creek Road. If choosing to do the loop, check out the Freezeout Creek and Flatiron Mountain trail guides. Soap Creek Road has beautiful views of the mountains to the north from the trailhead which is also the highest portion of this trail at nearly 8,100 feet elevation. The road gradually descends the mountain surrounded by Lodge Pole Pine, Spruce, and Fir trees occasionally giving way to views of the mountain peaks and the valleys below. Soap Creek is a nice road as you loop back to Standard Creek. The suns not in your eyes, the shadows of the tall mountains behind you creep across the valleys as the sun sets. It's all pretty smooth road back down Standard Creek and West Fork Madison Road to the highway. Stop at the West Fork Cabins on the way back to the highway, grab an ice cream and drive over the Madison River on the Historic Hutchins bridge. Make sure you have the windows down, the sound of the river is beautiful, and the squeaking of the bridge as your tires roll over the old wood planks is sure to be something to talk about!

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1. Trailhead 1200 Soap Creek - Head Northwest (0 mi)
Flatiron Mountian Road ends at the Soap Creek/ Gazelle Creek intersection. Soap Creek runs to the east here and is where this trail begins. Gazelle Creek runs to the west at this point and is a seasonal ATV and motorcycle trail intersecting with Standard Creek in just under 5 miles. Head east here.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Ennis, Montana

Head south on Highway 287 for 33 miles to the West Fork rest area, Lyons Bridge, and turn right. Continue south on West Fork Madison for 2.3 miles. Turn right on Standard Creek and continue for 2.9 miles to Freezeout Creek. Follow Freezout Creek to Flatiron Mountain and continue onto Soap Creek. The trail starts here. The end of this trail also ends at Standard Creek Road and can be run in reverse if desired.

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Cory W

Mapping Crew - Arizona and Montana

Cory grew up traveling the logging roads outside Durango, CO with his dad for his woodcutting business and fell in love with everything about the outdoors. He's moved around a lot since then, from several rural areas of Southern California to Montana, Wyoming to Arizona, even living on a commercial gold mine in Nevada in for several years. In all these areas he has explored several thousand miles of old dirt roads and trails, as well as many old mines and ghost towns. Located in the Mohave Desert of AZ in the winter and the Madison River Valley of MT in the summer.
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