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High Point Trail - National Bison Range, MT

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.94 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,378 feet
Elevation Gain 230 feet
Accumulated Gain 230 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 30 min
Kokopelli Seeds 2.09
Interest Peak
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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9  2021-06-25 LindaAnn
Author LindaAnn
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Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:19am - 8:06pm
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the essence of bison
by LindaAnn

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Overview: One of two short trails along Red Sleep Mountain Drive. These are the only two spots where you can leave your vehicle along the loop drive. This hike goes to the summit of Red Sleep Mountain, which is the highest point in the refuge.

Hike: From the large parking area, first head to the north end and look at the interpretive signs regarding Glacial Lake Missoula, which has some neat history of the area. After that, head back to the south end of the parking area, where the trail starts on the west side of the restrooms.

The trail follows an old road south as it heads uphill towards the summit of Red Sleep Mountain. The trail surface is in good condition and is easy walking, although you will notice the elevation gain. As the road climbs, it will curve around the west, then the south side of the hill, before approaching the summit from the south. On the day we were there, there was plenty of fresh bison evidence on the trail. There is a solar panel and about a half dozen picnic tables at the summit. Views in all directions are outstanding as you scan the hillsides for wildlife or have a snack at the tables.

When done, retrace your steps back downhill.

Warning: This is a wildlife refuge; stay aware of your surroundings. Do not approach wildlife along the trail.

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2021-06-26 LindaAnn
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    As of 2021, the entrance fee is $10 per vehicle.
    In late 2020, management of the refuge transitioned from Federal to Tribal responsibility. Follow all Tribal regulations.

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Driving directions from Missoula: Take I-90 to Exit 96 - Hwy 93
    Head north on Hwy 93 approx 27 miles to MT-200.
    Turn left on MT-200 and head west approx 6 miles to S-212.
    Turn right on S-212 and take north 4.70 miles to Bison Range Rd
    Turn right on Bison Range Rd and proceed to the Visitor Center.
    Pay the entrance fee and obtain a map.
    Take Red Sleep Mountain Drive (one-way road) 6-7 miles to the signed parking area.
    page created by LindaAnn on Jun 26 2021 2:27 pm
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