Cliff Lake Bench

Cameron, Montana ( County)

Last Updated: 09/18/2021
3 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 05/16 - 12/01
Length: 2.22 miles
Highest Elevation: 7300 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Cameron
Nearest Town w/ Services: Ennis
Official Road Name: 9641
Management Agency: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
District: Ennis Field Office


Highlight: Cliff Lake Bench
Cliff Lake Bench is a trail that is less frequently traveled than other trails in the area with excellent views of the surrounding mountains. Located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, this narrow path through the grass is unlike the tree-covered trails you drove on to get to this point. This trail takes you through picture-perfect grass fields that will be full of wildflowers around early June. The view from the top of the hill is definitely worth the drive. In addition to countless cows, you may be lucky enough to observe a herd of elk or a lonely coyote. This trail and all connecting trails are also dog-friendly.


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1. Trailhead Cliff Lake Bench (0 mi)
Cliff Lake Bench starts at this intersection and runs to the east. Jackknife continues to the left at this intersection and ends once you get into the trees. Turn right and continue east.

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 for 5.31 miles to waypoint 7 and turn left on East Bench. Continue on East Bench for 0.7 miles to waypoint 2, Jackknife. Follow Jackknife to Waypoint 3 where it tee's off 1.87 miles down the road. The trail starts here and runs to the east.



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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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