Warm Springs Creek

Alder, Montana (Madison County)

Last Updated: 07/23/2022
4 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Highlight: Warm Springs Creek
Located in the Beaverhead Deerodge National Forest near Virginia City, MT, Warm Springs Creek Trail is the prettiest trail from Centennial Divide road to the Gravelly Range . For the first 2.5 miles, this trail runs through a beautiful, narrow, twisty canyon with rocky bluffs above and Warm Springs Creek babbling gently below. After which, this trail begins to switchback up the mountainside climbing to 8500 feet with breathtaking views to the west and connecting with Gravelly Range Trail. Once on top of the Gravelly Mountain Range, one travels in the sub-alpine grasslands with wildflowers that present fields of different colors seemingly around each bend. Everyone is sure to enjoy the breathtaking views and clean mountain air, and hopefully some wildlife sightings! There's also speculation that this trail was the hiding spot of Forrest Fenn's treasure. Are you really sure it's been found?

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Waypoints

1. 163 Warm Springs Creek Trailhead (0 mi)
This trail starts 25 miles south of Alder on FS100, Centennial Divide Road, in the low valley grasslands of the Ruby River Valley.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Virginia City, MT

Head west on Highway 287 for 7.8 miles and turn left on Anderson Lane. Follow Anderson Lane for 1.1 miles and turn right on Salmonsen Lane. Continue on Salmonsen Lane for 0.4 miles. Stay left towards Upper Ruby Road for 200 feet and merge onto Upper Ruby Road. Continue on Upper Ruby Road for 25 miles to the trailhead.

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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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