Benbow Mine to The Golf Course Fishtail Creek Drainage

Absarokee, Montana

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The “Golf Course” is a sprawling 9,200-foot grassy plateau that lies below the north end of the Stillwater Plateau, nearly a mile above the Stillwater Valley. The vistas from this flower-filled subalpine tableland are stunning. The hike begins at Benbow Mine, an abandoned chromite mine dating back to the early 1920s. The mine is named for Thomas Benbow, who homesteaded in Absaroka in 1892 and discovered chrome deposits in 1 905. The trail follows an old dirt road that weaves up the mountain, with views of the Fishtail Plateau, Chrome Lake, Black Butte, and Cathedral Peak.
Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

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Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

by Robert Stone (The Globe Pequot Press)

The “Golf Course” is a sprawling 9,200-foot grassy plateau that lies below the north end of the Stillwater Plateau, nearly a mile above the Stillwater Valley. The vistas from this flower-filled subalpine tableland are stunning. The hike begins at Benbow Mine, an abandoned chromite mine dating back to the early 1920s.

The mine is named for Thomas Benbow, who homesteaded in Absaroka in 1892 and discovered chrome deposits in 1 905. The trail follows an old dirt road that weaves up the mountain, with views of the Fishtail Plateau, Chrome Lake, Black Butte, and Cathedral Peak.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Absarokee
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Natural Bridge State park
Local Maps: USGS: Mount Wood
Driving Directions: Directions to Benbow Mine to The Golf Course Fishtail Creek Drainage

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