Looking for a place to do some winter trail running?
If you don’t mind the long drive or if you can take a short detour when you happen to be driving between Three Forks and Butte; consider Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park. It is located between Cardwell and Three Forks on highway 2 along the Jefferson River.
This area of the valley typically gets very little snow. Up until this past weekend, it has been mostly snow free.
If you do the main loop starting at the lower visitor center then up to the caverns and back down it is about 7.5 miles with 1000 feet of elevation gain and loss. If that is not long enough, and you don’t mind repeating certain sections of the trail, you can add some variations on the main loop for increased distance.