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Recreational Opportunities

Birch Creek Recreation 

National Forest surrounds Birch Creek Center on all sides and the opportunities for outdoor activities are virtually endless. These are a few activities that our guests have requested information about in the past. If you have questions about the availability of other activities, contact us and we will research your interests.

Hiking in the Birch Creek Area

Birch Creek Center has 3 established hiking trails on campus totaling over four miles in distance. Hiking is moderate to easy and the trails meander through forest, rangeland, local streams and several ponds. The area directly bordering the Birch Creek drainage offers endless scenic hikes with high mountain lakes and streams, geological wonders, an abundance of wildlife, and endless Montana splendor at every turn. There are several established trails in the area with moderate to difficult hiking. Birch Creek Center has a topographic map display on-site for reference purposes. Those who wish to hike “off the beaten path” can make arrangements to attain proper maps prior to their visit.

Biking in the Birch Creek Area

The gravel road to Birch Creek Center offers over 15 miles of touring. Bikers will often encounter “washboard” conditions on Birch Creek Road, so a proper bicycle and safety gear is strongly recommended. Several established trails in the area are wide enough for a bike and the terrain will present a challenge to the seasoned mountain biker.

Fishing in the Birch Creek Area

Birch Creek and Thief Creek border the campus of Birch Creek Center and both streams hold lots of small Brook and Cutthroat Trout. There are many other mountain lakes and streams which hold an abundance of Rainbow, Brook, Cutthroat Trout, and Arctic Grayling. Birch Creek Center is also about 30 minutes from two world class blue ribbon trout streams: the Beaverhead River and the Big Hole River. Additionally, there are plenty of private waters within a short drive from the center and endless fishing throughout Southwestern Montana. Contact us for more information and we can send you in the right direction.

Other Recreational Opportunities

There is a plethora of opportunity for adventure in the area around Birch Creek Center. The mountains that serve as the backdrop for the Center typically hold large snowfields well into June. Skiers and snowboarders have been known to hit the south face of Torrey Mountain in late July. Humbug Spires Wilderness Study Area offers all levels of rock climbing and is a 20-minute drive from Birch Creek Center. Contact Birch Creek Center for information about adventure programming.