Beehive Basin

Big Sky, Montana

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7 Reviews
4 out of 5
Beehive Basin sits in a bowl surrounded by mountains in the Spanish Peaks Primitive Area. At 9,200 feet, this top-of-the-world hike takes you to alpine meadows covered with wildflowers, tall stands of evergreens and a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Gallatin River. At the trail’s end are wide open vistas and an unnamed lake. From Four Corners 9 miles west of Bozeman, take Highway 191 south towards the Gallatin Canyon. Drive 33.8 miles to the Big Sky turnoff on the right. Turn right and continue 10.1 miles to the Beehive Basin turnoff on the right. (The turn is located 1.3 miles beyond the Big Sky Mountain Village turnoff and 30 yards before the Moonlight Basin Ranch entrance.)
Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

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Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Beehive Basin sits in a bowl surrounded by mountains in the Spanish Peaks Primitive Area. At 9,200 feet, this top-of-the-world hike takes you to alpine meadows covered with wildflowers, tall stands of evergreens and a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Gallatin River. At the trail’s end are wide open vistas and an unnamed lake.

From Four Corners 9 miles west of Bozeman, take Highway 191 south towards the Gallatin Canyon. Drive 33.8 miles to the Big Sky turnoff on the right. Turn right and continue 10.1 miles to the Beehive Basin turnoff on the right. (The turn is located 1.3 miles beyond the Big Sky Mountain Village turnoff and 30 yards before the Moonlight Basin Ranch entrance.)

©  Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Big Sky
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best May to October
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Lone Mountain - Rocky Mountain Surveys Spanish Peaks
Driving Directions: Directions to Beehive Basin

Recent Trail Reviews

8/6/2016
0

6 mile round trip to the lake. Beautiful day with an early start. It gets real busy after 10AM. Moderate hike, climb is about 1300 feet. Great diversity of high country scenery. Well worth the grunt!


7/24/2010
0

moderate hike, incredibly picturesque with variable terrain, creeks, mountains, valleys. great out and back total 6 mile hike.


7/13/2008
0

nice trail that has spectacular views of 10,000 foot peaks in the distance. has a gradual incline (not steep) in the first mile, but then levels out when you get up to the meadow. Saw a moose on the trip as well. Only bummer about the trip was we were not able to complete the hike ---there is a lake at the end. The snow would have been up to our knees (mid-July). Would have rated higher, but didn't get to do the entire hike.


3/30/2008
1

Great Trail! I used to live in Big Sky and I still go there often to visit friends and family. I am very familiar with this trail having done it many times. Its pretty easy and a nice trail. I recommend if you are up for it to climb up to the top of the ridge at the end of the hike for a close up of mountain goats and amazing views of the surrounding mountains and hidden lakes in the distance.


8/13/2006
1

Enjoyed this trail very much. Saw little wildlife aside from ground squirrels, birds and a martin, but saw bear tracks as well as perhaps wolves or coyotes and elk, bison and deer tracks. Encountered many other friendly hikers as well as a real variety of weather...from very warm to sleet and snow. Seems best to go in the am. Was also suggested to carry your fly rod for some fishing on the glacial lake. The trout are small but game!



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