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Sleeping Giant Wilderness Study Area

outline of Sleeping Giant
The Sleeping Giant formation is a well-known landmark, visible from Helena. The wilderness study area is comprised of about 11,000 acres of steep, irregular topography with elevations ranging from 3,600 to 6,800 feet. About half the area is forested. Twenty drainages dissect the area and provide solitude. Seven miles of ridgeline hiking routes offer spectacular panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. A diversity of important wildlife species live here, including a thriving population of mountain goats that occupies the high outcroppings. Other common species include elk, black bear, bighorn sheep, mule deer, osprey, and golden eagles. About 40 primitive campsites are available along the Holter Lake shoreline. A portion of the Sleeping Giant area is also part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Several deteriorating structures near the river evoke the lifestyles of early settlers.

Activities: Hiking, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, primitive camping, fishing.

Facilities: Two small trailheads are available on Wood Siding Gulch Road.

Location/Access: Adjacent to Holter Lake Recreation Area. Take Exit 226 ( Wolf Creek) from I-15 and travel approximately 5 miles to the BLM Wood Siding Gulch Road. Also accessible from Holter Lake. Parking/trailhead areas are signed.

Fees: None

Season/Hours: Seasonally accessible from June 15 to December.

Maps: Sleeping Giant travel management area map (pdf-1.6 mb)
The area is also included on the Elliston and Canyon Ferry BLM maps

Butte Field Office
106 North Parkmont
Butte, MT 59701

Last updated: 06-28-2012