Hilgard Basin Backpacking

Ennis, Montana

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A popular trip into the southern Madison Range. Of all the Madison Range’s natural wonders, the Hilgard Basin is one of the most beautiful and popular. This could be an overnighter or even a long day hike, but it would be your big loss to head back without spending at least one day exploring, climbing, and fishing in the main basin or the south basin by making this a two- or three-night base camp. Special attractions: An unusual high-altitude, lake-filled basin.
Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies

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Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A popular trip into the southern Madison Range. Of all the Madison Range’s natural wonders, the Hilgard Basin is one of the most beautiful and popular.

This could be an overnighter or even a long day hike, but it would be your big loss to head back without spending at least one day exploring, climbing, and fishing in the main basin or the south basin by making this a two- or three-night base camp. Special attractions: An unusual high-altitude, lake-filled basin.

© 2002 Bill Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Ennis
Distance: 16
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Up to several days (mileage does not include side trips)
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Lee Metcalf Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Hilgard Peak, Pika Point; USFS Lee Metcalf Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Hilgard Basin (Backpacking)

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8/10/2008
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This is a great area. I'm hoping to go back this year and spend more time exploring the area. I would spend at least 2 nights here. Very beautiful.



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