Places to Ride Horses Near Ennis
Bear Creek Loop Trail
Bear Creek Loop is a long hike, horse trip, or backpacking trip into a wilderness area. Bear Creek Loop Trail (325, 326) winds between the saddle of the Helmet and the Sphinx, two of the most famous and fantastic mountains in the Madison Range. The peaks jut out of the surrounding forest and are unlike any other mountains in the wilderness. They both present easy, non-technical scrambles for aspiring climbers.
The views from on top of the peaks stretch out across the Madison Valley to the Gravelly Ranger and the Pioneer Mountains in the west. To the east, you can see The Gallatin Valley and Absarokee Mountains. To the south, you can see the Tetons on a very clear day. The Helmet towers above the saddle and the views from here encompass vast tracts of wilderness. The trail leads up the Trail Forks and down the Middle Fork of Bear Creek, winding through open fields of glacier lilies and lupines, the habitat of elk and grizzly bear.
For more on the Bear Creek Loop Trail, visit VisitMT.com
Length: 12 miles round trip.