East Baldy Basin Trail from the Elephanthead Mountain Trail

Livingston, Montana

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Baldy Basin is a narrow stream-fed canyon along the northern base of Livingston Peak in the Absaroka Range. At the head of the basin is Baldy Basin Saddle, lying a thousand feet below Livingston Peak at an elevation of 8,300 feet. The alpine saddle divides West Baldy Basin from East Baldy Basin. Hikes 97 and 98 climb up to the saddle from opposite directions. This hike begins at the eastern trailhead from the Elephanthead Mountain Trail in the Mission Creek drainage. The trail follows Mission Creek a short distance, then veers west into East Baldy Basin, entering the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The hike passes a waterfall and weaves through wildflowercovered meadows, steadily climbing towards the saddle. From the summit are sweeping vistas of Livingston Peak, Elephanthead Mountain, Shell Mountain, and the West Boulder Divide.

East Baldy Basin Trail from the Elephanthead Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Baldy Basin is a narrow stream-fed canyon along the northern base of Livingston Peak in the Absaroka Range. At the head of the basin is Baldy Basin Saddle, lying a thousand feet below Livingston Peak at an elevation of 8,300 feet. The alpine saddle divides West Baldy Basin from East Baldy Basin. Hikes 97 and 98 climb up to the saddle from opposite directions. This hike begins at the eastern trailhead from the Elephanthead Mountain Trail in the Mission Creek drainage. The trail follows Mission Creek a short distance, then veers west into East Baldy Basin, entering the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The hike passes a waterfall and weaves through wildflowercovered meadows, steadily climbing towards the saddle. From the summit are sweeping vistas of Livingston Peak, Elephanthead Mountain, Shell Mountain, and the West Boulder Divide."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Livingston
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Natural Bridge State park
Local Maps: USGS: Livingston Peak

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Jun 2018