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Lodgepole Trail to Elk Creek Divide East Boulder Valley Professional Review and Guide
"The Lodgepole Trail is located in the East Boulder River drainage at the end of Elk Creek Road. The lightlyused, ten-mile-long trail connects the East Boulder to the northwest Stillwater drainage at Lower Deer Creek and Lodgepole Creek (Hike 1 ). This hike follows the first four miles of the trail through the Custer National Forest to the Elk Creek Divide, lying between the two drainages. The west end of the trail traverses through alpine meadows with vistas of the surrounding mountains. After reaching the headwater springs of Elk Creek, the trail climbs steeply up to the 7,400-foot saddle at Elk Creek Divide, where there are far-reaching vistas that span across the Boulder drainage and the Stillwater drainage."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains (The Globe Pequot Press).
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