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 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.
Best Easy Day Hikes Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

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by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

An easy day hike well suited for families on a designated National Recreation Trail. 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.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Red Lodge
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
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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