Lodgepole Trail to Lower Deer Creek NW Stillwater Watershed

Limestone, Montana

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Lodgepole Creek, nine miles northwest of Nye, forms on the southern flank of Sugarloaf Mountain at the Custer National Forest boundary. The area, ravished from the Derby Fire in the summer of 2006, is an amazing study in the natural recovery and regeneration of the flora. The Lodgepole Trail climbs strenuously up the canyon along the creek to a 7,1 00-foot saddle at the Gallatin National Forest boundary. The trail drops down the slope to Lower Deer Creek, where this hike ends. However, the trail crosses the creek and continues west to the Elk Creek Divide and the East Boulder Valley (Hike 82), the next major drainage to the west.
Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

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Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

by Robert Stone (The Globe Pequot Press)

Lodgepole Creek, nine miles northwest of Nye, forms on the southern flank of Sugarloaf Mountain at the Custer National Forest boundary. The area, ravished from the Derby Fire in the summer of 2006, is an amazing study in the natural recovery and regeneration of the flora.

The Lodgepole Trail climbs strenuously up the canyon along the creek to a 7,1 00-foot saddle at the Gallatin National Forest boundary. The trail drops down the slope to Lower Deer Creek, where this hike ends. However, the trail crosses the creek and continues west to the Elk Creek Divide and the East Boulder Valley (Hike 82), the next major drainage to the west.

© 2012 Robert Stone/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Limestone
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Natural Bridge State Park
Local Maps: USGS: Sliderock Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Lodgepole Trail to Lower Deer Creek N.W. Stillwater Watershed

Recent Trail Reviews

9/5/2009
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...even during a busy summer holiday weekend, this was an awesome take. Once I reached the mountain meadows and worked my way toward the lake foot traffic became all but non-existent. Only myself, 2 other hikers and a few moose had Sioux Charlie Lake to ourselves that evening.


7/1/2009
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Absolutely one of my favorite hikes. The canyon trail is absolutely stunning - stunning enough to forget that you're walking uphill. When the canyon opens the views never end. Through the meadows and aspen glades and the forest, everything about this trail is enjoyable. When you reach the summit of the hike, the view of Sioux Charley Lake and the valley below is breathtaking. There are a few strenuous uphill climbs, but for non-beginners it'll be no problem. Fishing anywhere along the Stillwater is great. We didn't see any wildlife when we were there, but still enjoyed every second. Because this is wilderness, make sure you are aware of your surroundings. This is bear country. Keep an eye out.


6/26/2008
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Easy day hike. Did it with my family in late June. The water was high and gave an awesome show through the canyon. The hike beyond to the lake is full of flower filled Meadows and mountain vistas.


10/5/2001
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BIKES-----NO. DOGS------ON LEASH. FISHING---GREAT. HIKING----GREAT. This is a dramatic canyon hike along the Stillwater River. The hiking can be as long or as short as you'd like as you pass many great fishing holes. This is a highly-used area but quite beautiful and highly recommended for the hiker or fisherperson.



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