Trail of the Week: Homestake Pass on the Continental Divide
Enjoy this family-friendly hike through a wonderland of wild rock formations
Starting just off of Interstate 90 south of Butte, the Homestake Pass section of the Continental Divide Trail is a casual hike through a wonderland of unusual rock formations, part of a geological formation called the Boulder Batholith. Worn smooth by exposure to the elements, the formations add a dreamlike quality to the trail, which winds gently through open forest while birds chirp above you. The trail surface is smooth dirt, which makes for easy miles, and you can choose to make this scenic central Montana hike as short or as long as you want.
Roundtrip Distance: 10.4 mi.
Elevation Gain: 1,710 ft.
Highest Elevation: 7,420 ft.
Seasons: Fall / Summer
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