Bear Trap Canyon, outside of Ennis, provides at least three of the most quintessential Montana summer activities. Part of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Bear Trap Canyon is a 9 mile long steep canyon wilderness–a paradise of towering canyon walls and rolling hills. A hiking trail follows the river from the trailhead south to the Ennis Dam powerhouse. The whole trails is 7.5 miles out (15 miles round trip), but one of the beauties of an out-and-back trail is that you can walk as far as you want before turning around. Bear Trap Creek–about half way down the trail–is a good turn around point and makes for a 7 mile hike. The Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area is a haven for backpackers, and Bear Trap Canyon makes for an ideal couple day backpacking adventure.

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