Wild Bill Lake

Red Lodge , Montana

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This is a very easy day hike around a charming little lake. The West Fork of Rock Creek Road (FR 71) actually boasts four separate trailheads, all in close proximity. Three vehicle campgrounds are also found in this area, and the lower valley has several residential developments. Since the road starts right in Red Lodge, the lower valley feels like the town’s backyard wilderness. The West Fork Road is paved for the first 7 miles up to Basin Creek Campground. This is a heavily used area, both for day trips and extended backcountry excursions. Fortunately, the area offers a wide range of trail choices, and visitors tend to disperse. Trails rarely feel crowded.
Best Easy Day Hikes Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

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Best Easy Day Hikes Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

This is a very easy day hike around a charming little lake. The West Fork of Rock Creek Road (FR 71) actually boasts four separate trailheads, all in close proximity. Three vehicle campgrounds are also found in this area, and the lower valley has several residential developments. Since the road starts right in Red Lodge, the lower valley feels like the town’s backyard wilderness.

The West Fork Road is paved for the first 7 miles up to Basin Creek Campground. This is a heavily used area, both for day trips and extended backcountry excursions. Fortunately, the area offers a wide range of trail choices, and visitors tend to disperse. Trails rarely feel crowded.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Red Lodge
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Local Maps: USGS Alpine; RMS AlpineMount Maurice; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
Driving Directions: Directions to Wild Bill Lake

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