Hiking Maude S. Canyon Loop | Butte, Montana

 

When my mom and I went back to Butte to see my grandma for her birthday we hiked Maud S. Canyon Loop. I've made it a goal to hike in every town I visit this year. I didn't hike when I was in Missoula two weeks ago because it was a crazy winter whiteout but I will head back and hit the trails at some point. I love being outside and hiking. It's my current addiction. I think it will get a lot worse in the summer! ;)

Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana

Where: Maud S. Canyon Loop | Butte, Montana
When: February 2018
Instagram: #bridoesmontana
Trail Distance: 4 miles

Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

Directions are below. There is a nice trailhead with plenty of parking. There is even parking for car/trucks and separate parking for trucks with trailers. And as you can see from the  first photo there are a few signs with information and history about the trail/area. We didn't stop and read them.

 
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana

When my mom and I were hiking up the trail we ran into a lady who said she lost her dog (above) Max. We found him about 3/4 the way up the hill (the trail climbs a hill then loops around and back down). We tried to get him to walk with us and he did for a while then turned around realizing we weren't taking him in the right direction and not knowing the trail loops around because, well, he is a dog! But do not fret; we ran into a lady with her two dogs who was going down the trail and she was going to grab Max and head back down with him!

Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana

Hike

This hike is likely considered moderate. You gain a lot of elevation at the beginning. The end is a lot more walking and if you are out of shape or want an easier hike I would recommend going right and up rather than straight and up when you hit the trail head.

Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana

It's 4 miles total and a great workout with awesome views. There is a railroad track as  you can see below. You get a view of the whole city and an amazing treed areas. There are a lot of rocks and likely a lot weeds in the summer - don't go off trails - it's bad for the environment anyways! We did see someone running the trail so it is "runnable".

Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana

Oh and I wore tennis shoes with Yak Tracks and my mom wore hiking shoes. My feet got wet (I cannot wait to get new hiking shoes!) and my mom slid around a little so I don't know what the perfect shoe for the trail is, at least in the winter.

Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana

Of course I had to bring a Rowdy Bar with me. I made the mistake of hiking 5 miles once without a snack and regretted it so I always have a few things in my backpack. Interested in reading more about Rowdy Bars? Click here.

Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana
Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana

I've been messing around with Lightroom Like I said yesterday I want to make the move to content creation so I can take and edit photos to fit the stroy and feel of the brand and audeienve instead of to fit only my Instagram and blog feel.

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Maud S. Canyon Loop in Butte, Montana