Autumn Creek Trail

6 miles
Autumn Creek is the most popular ski route in this area. The trail starts right at the summit of Marias Pass and crosses the railroad tracks before entering the park. Use caution when crossing this main line; removing skis is a good idea. Look for the orange markers as you enter the trees as they will mark the trail’s location. Turn left at the first trail junction. The first section of the route follows the gradual grade of the trail until you reach the open section below Elk Mountain. The views of the mountains from this opening are spectacular but several avalanche paths cross this area and openings to the south. If you get off trail, or have to detour past areas blown free of snow, ski to the obvious drainage of Autumn Creek to the west. Here the route follows the right side of the creek. From the start of the creek drainage there are some steep hills and creek crossings which merit caution, especially in icy conditions. The route follows the trail to the railroad tracks again and then follows the steep access road to a pulloff at mile marker 193.8 on U.S. Highway 2. Beginners may want to just ski the first part of this trail and explore the open areas along the beginning of the trail, especially the Three Bears Lake area.


Last report - January 28
Its been warm and trail conditions have been spring-like. The average snow depth is 20 inches, however there are short sections of trail that are completely free of snow. Be cautious of all stream crossings - recent melting has contributed to high run-off possibly compromising snow bridges.

Trail crosses beneath avalanche chutes, be prepared with proper avalanche gear and knowledge.

*Please remember to maintain separate tracks for skiing and snowshoeing wherever possible.*

January 27
We drove to Marias from Whitefish assuming the pass would be well covered. We were shocked that it was very bare--the wind and rain destroyed the base. There was more snow at Marias when we visited this past June than now. Trail was barren, icy, with debris, so we turned around and drove back to West Glacier which was better. Don't recommend this until major snow falls again.



Ski Trails in Other Areas of the Park

Apgar - West Glacier
Lake McDonald - Avalanche
Marias Pass

North Fork
St. Mary
Two Medicine Valley

Autumn Creek Trail