A long circuit through the mid-section of a smaller wilderness area with many high alpine views, lakes, and fishing opportunities. Spanish Peaks is a popular hiking area — and you’ll probably see some stock parties, too. This route, however, skirts the most heavily used portions while still providing the same incredible scenery that has made the Spanish Peaks Wilderness nationally famous. The Spanish Peaks could be called a pocket wilderness. It’s isolated on the north edge of the massive Big Sky development. In the 1970s Montana wilderness advocates agreed to give up Jack Creek in exchange for the designation of a segmented Lee Metcalf Wilderness. The South Fork of the Gallatin (now filled with residential and commercial development associated with Big Sky) and Jack Creek form a corridor of civilization between the two sections of the wilderness, the Taylor-Hilgard to the south and the Spanish Peaks to the north.
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Directions to: Spanish Peaksprint directions
Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||3,000 ft|
|Season||Mid-July through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||6,000 ft|
|Top Elevation||9,000 ft|
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