Montana October 12, 2018
This Spooky Hike In Montana Takes You Straight To A Ghost Town
Montana’s ghost towns are fun to visit in any season, but there’s something special about checking them out so close to Halloween. And since it’s not yet too snowy to hike in most parts of the state, this is a great time to lace up your sneakers and head to the Drummond area, where there’s a trail that takes you straight through Garnet Ghost Town.
The Garnet Ghost Town Trail is 3 miles in length, the majority of which takes you right through the town.
To reach the trail, follow Montana Route 200 about 30 miles east from Missoula, turn onto Garnet Range Road and drive for 11 miles, following the signs. From I-90, take the exit for Drummond to Bear Gulch Road and follow it to Cave Gulch Road Junction.
This town developed in the 1800s when miners flocked to the Garnet Mountains hoping to strike it rich after the California gold rush slowed down.
By 1905, however, there was hardly any gold left. Garnet didn't officially become a ghost town until the 1940s, although it was hanging on by a thread long before that.
These days, the town lives on through the 30 buildings preserved by the Bureau of Land Management and the Garnet Preservation Association.
Both organizations do a fantastic job of keeping its history alive.
In addition to the main trail through town, Garnet serves as a jumping off point for several other hikes as well.
The Sierra Mine Loop takes hikers through fields of beargrass to deserted mining claims, while the Placer Trail allows goes past more crumbling cabins.
This place is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
You'll learn about the Treasure State's past while working up a sweat (or at least getting your daily steps in).
But is this ghost town actually haunted, you may be wondering? It's possible.
It certainly has a reputation, and visitors have reported some strange sights and sounds. Of course, we'll never know for sure.
Do you enjoy visiting Montana’s ghost towns? If so,
this road trip is for you.