Silver Crest Winter Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
Paul, Guide for the snowshoe hikes, giving rules to a group of snowshoers before a hike.

The Silver Crest Winter Recreation area is an area that provides groomed trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months. Silver Crest is located off of the northwest corner of the Kings Hill Winter Recreation Parking Area. Ski trails and snowshoe trails are marked accordingly. Please follow signing and trail etiquette when using Silver Crest.  No dogs or snowmobiles are allowed on the trail system, and snowshoes are not allowed on the groomed ski trails.

Trail System Maps (the GeoPDF is just the map, and is for use on GPS-enabled mobile device apps that accept that format):

The brochures are also available in printed format at Forest Service offices and many Great Falls sports and outdoors stores.

Silver Crest Ski and Snowshoe trails are maintained and managed in partnership between the Silver Crest Trail Association, the Kings Hill Grooming Association and the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.  Go to for grooming and other trail system information.

Please contact the Belt Creek Ranger District Office at (406) 236-5100 for more information regarding winter use and current conditions.

Winter Trails Day, a cooperative effort between Get Fit Great Falls and several partners is hosted at Silver Crest trails. The day includes a variety of snowshoe hikes, and cross-country ski opportunities. It usually takes place in early February, and reservations are required, although all events are free!

Call the Forest Service at 406-791-7700 for more information, or visit the Get Fit Great Falls website.

Bears may frequent the area; keep all food out of sight in approved containers and remove all food from area after eating. Mandatory food storage is required.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: closed for summer
Reservations: No reservations are required.
Rentals & Guides: The Forest Service offers free snowshoe checkout to the public through the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls. Guided snowshoe and cross country skiing hikes are available in January during Winter Trails Day. Contact the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center for more information.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Toilets, Parking
Fees: There are no fees for using the Silver Crest Area.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: December-April
Busiest Season: December-April
Restrictions: Travel Plan Restrictions apply. Please see your local Forest Service office for up to date information on operation dates and closures.
Closest Towns: Neihart, Montana.
Restroom: Yes
Information Center: Trails are groomed for winter use beginning in late November until mid-to-late April.


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Status: Open
Fees: None
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate
Rental info: Snowshoes are available for public use. See your local Forest Service office for information.



Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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