Basin Creek Lakes

Red Lodge, Montana

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An easy day hike well suited for families on a designated National Recreation Trail. The Forest Service has designated Basin Creek Lakes as a National Recreation Trail, so, not surprisingly, it’s popular. It’s so popular, in fact, that this is one of the few trails in the Beartooths restricted to hiking only—no horses are allowed until mid-September when the big- game hunting seasons get under way. Technically, Trail 61 to Basin Creek Lakes doesn’t pass through the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, but it’s a wilderness trip by all other defi nitions. The trail is well maintained, easy to follow, and ideal for family day trips for anyone who can handle a gradual but steady uphill gradient. The route crosses Basin Creek twice, but bridges keep your feet dry.
Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

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Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

An easy day hike well suited for families on a designated National Recreation Trail. The Forest Service has designated Basin Creek Lakes as a National Recreation Trail, so, not surprisingly, it’s popular. It’s so popular, in fact, that this is one of the few trails in the Beartooths restricted to hiking only—no horses are allowed until mid-September when the big- game hunting seasons get under way.

Technically, Trail 61 to Basin Creek Lakes doesn’t pass through the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, but it’s a wilderness trip by all other defi nitions. The trail is well maintained, easy to follow, and ideal for family day trips for anyone who can handle a gradual but steady uphill gradient. The route crosses Basin Creek twice, but bridges keep your feet dry.

© 2015 Bill Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Red Lodge
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Local Maps: USGS Bare Mountain; RMS Alpine– Mount Maurice; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
Driving Directions: Directions to Basin Creek Lakes

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