A exit trail starting in the Snowfields under The Helmet then open fields of Whitebark Pine into open glades of lodgepole pines.
Need to Know
Once you take the Bear Creek Loop road to Bear Creek Rd East to Trailhead with National Forest Cabin and campgrounds- see access trail. check in with the Gallatin Avalanche Center, Bozeman webpage.
The open snowfields surrounding Sphinx Mountain, The Helmet and Black Mountain. We camped under the Helmet and due to late spring potential avalanche danger and whoop sounding collapsable snow with a south facing aspect, we opted to ski from the edge of the snowfields down to the Sphinx Mt / Bear Creek NF Trail. 325 to stay on the safe side. Low profile of 30 degrees or so through open glades ending in meadows below.