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Timber Creek and Falls
Big Timber Creek is a good
flows from Montana's Crazy Mountains north of Big Timber, MT. The
Crazy Mountains are a great island mountain range that many people know
because of the way they dominate the horizon north of Interstate
the Livingston/Big Timber area. The Crazies offer a number of great
hikes and the Big Timber Canyon trailhead provides access to popular
day hikes and backpacking opportunities.
Big Timber Creek Falls is easily accessed from the
access at the end of the Big Timber Creek road. To find the access
travel north out of Big Timber on US 191 for about 11 miles to a well
marked turn onto the Big
Timber Canyon Road that runs west toward the Crazy
Follow this good gravel road for about 2 miles until a
junction where you bear to the right, again toward the mountains.
Follow this road until it ends at the Halfmoon Campground and
Halfmoon Picnic Area as well as the Big Timber Canyon trailhead. The
Halfmoon Campground is a typical USFS campground with picnic tables,
fire rings, outhouses and drinking water. The adjacent picnic area is
great for day trips and overflow parking.
This section of the Big Timber Creek Falls provides a great view
visitors. The large rock ledge is a great place to sit and watch the
You can reach the Big Timber
Falls by either following a trail to the falls that begins in the
campground or by following the main trail into Big Timber Canyon which
offers a side trail (left side of trail) to the Falls soon after the
trail begins. The main Big Timber Creek trail leads to the interior of
the Crazy Mountains and is the access for a number of popular hikes,
including the easy day hikes to Twin Lakes
and Blue Lake.
The Big Timber Creek Falls
are a series
of falls that split a narrow rock canyon. The falls twist through the
rock and there are no good places from which you can view the entire
stretch. However, there are great views of the lower falls and this
hike is recommended to
all waterfall fans. The character if the Falls changes with water
levels so be sure to visit more than once if you can.
Big Timber Creek offers some of the
most famous whitewater kayaking in Montana. This is water for experts
and it is not uncommon to find kayakers on the water when the creek
flows are good. It is hard to imagine that anyone could ride a boat
through the Falls but many kayakers have accepted the challenge.
However, most boaters take off the creek upstream of the Falls. There
is a mile or more of top quality creek paddling above the Falls that is
sought by many. Rather than try to describe this more I will refer you
to a couple of other sites. There are a number of videos of kayakers on
Big Timber Creek Falls but I think the best is the found here Big
Timber Creek Falls Kayaking video.
On the Montana Eddy Hop blog you will
find a good description of the Big Timber Creek whitewater run,
complete with good photos. There is an interesting string of comments
about the run included and reference is made to the EGCreekin site
which has this excellent account of running the Big Timber Creek Falls.
A number of hikes in Montana follow alongside creeks that
are great for
kayaking so don't be surprised if you see boats on some waters while
you are out for a hike. For
another story of extreme kayaking in Montana be sure to check out our
page about Natural
In summary, Big Timber Canyon
lot for everyone. It has excellent camping and picnicking. The Falls
a natural wonder to sit and enjoy. Big Timber Creek offers excellent
fishing opportunities and the trailhead offers access to Crazy
Mountain trails. The Crazy Mountains are a great place to visit and Big
Timber Canyon is a gateway to the best of the Crazies.
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