Niel Creek Trail (654) follows a primitive road up Neil Creek for first 0.5 mile. From this point trail is closed to motorized travel for last 2 miles because of the switchbacks up the ridge to Ice Cave. Good views of Musselshell Valley, Crazy and Beartooth Mountains. There are no water sources on trail. Black bears are common in lower 0.5 mile It's just three miles to the summit. Obtain a Forest Visitor's map for information on any travel restrictions
.Length: 3.5 miles. Light use
Trail Begins: Trail Junction 653.Trail Ends: Trail Junction 490
Area Map: Lewis and Clark (Jefferson Division) .USGS Map1: Crystal Lake.USGS Map2: Yaple Bench.Township 12N; Range 17E; Section 35
Directions: Located 1 mile east on Niel Connection Trail 653 from the trailhead in Brooks Coulee, 2.5 miles from the trailhead to Ice Caves and 3 miles from the trailhead to the summit and junction with Trail 493.