crooked john trail

Mount Haggin

The Mile High Nordic Ski Education Foundation, in cooperation with the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has established nearly 28 kilometers (km) of Nordic ski trails that reach close to the Continental Divide. The trails wind through historic logging camps that once supplied timber to the Anaconda Smelter.

For more historical information about the Mt. Haggin area, read this draft of an article that appeared in the December, 1992 issue of Montana Magazine, written by Jack Gilluly of Anaconda.

Volunteers from the Foundation groom these trails once per week, usually on Friday or Saturday morning.

Trails:

Loop distances are in kilometers, measured round-trip from the warming hut. The measured loops generally follow the perimeter of the ski area and do not use the cutoff trail

Suqarloaf Loop - 4.6 km: groomed for both classic and skate skiing; good technical skiing because of short hills and curves; hills can be avoided by taking the Short Cut trail; for a thrilling downhill ride try Gus’s Gas.

Crooked John Loop - 4.8 km: groomed for both classic and skate skiing; generally moderate hills, large steep downhill section can be avoided by taking Wulf’s Cutoff.

Little California Loop - 10.8 km: groomed for classic skiing only, this trail has the best views of the Pintler Range; many hills including the notorious twisty downhill section nicknamed the Death Dip. For a real thrill try Sleepy Hollow - sleepy it is not and is usually more of a white-knuckle ride.

Spire Loop - 12.6 km: ungroomed, good access to telemark terrain on the Continental Divide

Salvage/hazard removal logging was completed in the ski area in 2014. Returning skiers will be amazed to see the changes. The whole area appears to be more open with little dead timber in evidence. Most important, some of the existing trails are being rerouted and new trail segments added, to take advantage of haul roads the loggers left behind (at our request). The loggers also did some Cat work on Li'l Cal to make Death Dip and the rise to the north safer and easier to groom. In the process of moving the Cat up there they widened Sapsucker significantly.

For those of you with access to Google Earth, download this file Haggin trail updates 220141216.kmz and open it in Google Earth. The lines indicate trail segments that have been affected or added to due the logging operation In the GE sidebar Temporary Places you will see the .KMZ file entry. Expand the folder and you will see the list of trail segments. By clicking individual segment check marks on and off you can identify the segments on the overhead view.