Patricks Basin

Augusta, Montana 59410

Patricks Basin

Patricks Basin Professional Review and Guide

"This route penetrates a vast reach of wild but unprotected country to the south of Gibson Reservoir, climbing over a minor pass to reach a completely isolated valley. For visitors traveling out of Benchmark, this trail offers the greatest chance for solitude and primitive ambiance. At the end of the trail, a ford of the head of Gibson Reservoir provides a linkage to trails in the Sun River Basin for longer trips. This ford is only passable during late summer, when the reservoir level is low.

The trail begins by crossing a series of clearcuts, climbing gently through the desolation. At the edge of the cuts, a spur trail from the Benchmark Wilderness Ranch joins the main trail. The trail now runs eastward along Fairview Creek, climbing modestly through a loose forest of lodgepole pine and aspen. Upon reaching the canyon of Fairview Creek, gaps in the Douglas firs reveal an impressive but nameless summit to the south. Once through the canyon, grassy glades yield views of the Fairview Plateau at the valley’s head."

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Trail Information

Augusta
Nearby City
33.4
Distance
2,735 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Duration
Best July through September
Season
5,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,450 feet
Top Elevation
Lewis and Clark National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Wood Lake, Patricks Basin, Arsenic Mountain
Local Maps

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Jul 2018