Mann Gulch Trail

  • Look down at Mann Gulch near Helena Montana


Dogs Yes


7 (miles)


Out & Back

~1600 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)


Mann Gulch Trail is a way to immerse yourself in amazing scenery and learn first hand about the site of the deadly 1949 Mann Gulch Fire. This historical hike in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness begins at the Meriwether Picnic Site and goes to the upper end of Mann Gulch. This rugged trek that is well known for being one of roughest areas east of the Continental Divide. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes and beware of ticks on this hike. We recommend reading Norman MacLean’s book "Of Young Men and Fire" before doing this trail. It breaks down the events of that fateful day in August 1949. There is camping available in the Helena National Forest.


The Mann Gulch fire tragedy is the second worst wildfire disaster in U. S. history. It is estimated that when the fire blew up it scorched 3,000 acres in 10 minutes. Leaving behind 13 brave firefighters and only 3 survivors.

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Contact: Helena National Forest Supervisor's Office 2880 Skyway Drive Helena, MT 59602

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