The Maud S Canyon Loop begins at a well-marked trailhead. From the trailhead, you can take two routes: one that goes straight up to the train tracks, or the winding trail that has informative historical plaques. We prefer the winding trail to add a little bit more length to the hike. Once at the top of the train tracks, you have two more options: take the left trail which is shorter but steeper, or take the right trail which winds closer to the East Ridge (which is part of the Continental Divide). We suggest taking one way up and the other back down to take in the full loop. We prefer to take the steeper route up and the winding trail back down to help save the knees.
Once at the top you have views of the Highland Mountains, Continental Divide, Anaconda Pintler Wilderness, Flint Range, and of course, Butte. This is a great short hike, trail run, or mountain biking trail. If you want to tack on more mileage with more views continue onto the continental divide at the top of the loop.