Jackknife

Cameron, Montana (Madison County)

Last Updated: 09/18/2021
3 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Status:
Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 05/16 - 12/01
Length: 1.87 miles
Highest Elevation: 7608 feet
Duration: About 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Cameron
Nearest Town w/ Services: Ennis
Official Road Name: 9640
Management Agency: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
District: Ennis District

Highlights

Highlight: Jackknife
Located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Jackknife is a short trail that allows you to break out of the surrounding tall trees and get out into the open, grassy fields, overlooking the valleys and enjoy the surrounding mountain views. Once on top of the rolling hills, the mountain views stretch for miles. The tall grass blows like waves through the fields and along the hillsides. This is a popular grazing and watering spot for the cows which can present a roadblock sometimes. The kids will get a kick out of the closeup drivebys, and some good moo's along the way.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead 9640 Jacknife (0 mi)
The trail winds through the trees briefly and quickly begins to open up into large grassy fields. Head east here.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Ennis, Montana

Head south on Highway 287 for 33 miles to the Lyons Bridge and West Fork rest area and turn right/south. Continue on West Fork Madison for 6.4 miles and turn left on Jackpine Gulch. Continue on Jackpine Gulch 5.31 miles to Waypoint 7 and turn left on East Bench. Continue on East Bench 0.70 miles and turn left on Jackknife. The trail starts here.

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Writer Information

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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