Basin Creek Lakes

Red Lodge , Montana 59068

Basin Creek Lakes

Basin Creek Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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"Upper and Lower Basin Creek Lakes sit below the Silver Run Plateau just outside the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Lower Basin Creek Lake is a picturesque 2.5-acre tarn partially covered with lily pads and surrounded by forest. Upper Basin Creek Lake, 600 feet above the lower lake, rests at the base of a majestic mountain bowl that fronts the Silver Run Plateau. Snow melting within the glacial cirque fills the 6-acre lake and forms the headwaters of the creek, a tributary of the West Fork of Rock Creek.

The trail to the lakes is an old logging road from the early 1 900s. It steadily climbs into the Basin Creek valley along the beautiful cascading stream, passing a waterfall less than a half mile from the trailhead. The trail winds through evergreen forests and includes log creek crossings."

"An easy day hike well suited for families on a designated National Recreation Trail. The Forest Service has designated Basin Creek Lakes as a National Recreation Trail, so, not surprisingly, it’s popular. It’s so popular, in fact, that this is one of the few trails in the Beartooths restricted to hiking only—no horses are allowed until mid-September when the big- game hunting seasons get under way.

Technically, Trail 61 to Basin Creek Lakes doesn’t pass through the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, but it’s a wilderness trip by all other defi nitions. The trail is well maintained, easy to follow, and ideal for family day trips for anyone who can handle a gradual but steady uphill gradient. The route crosses Basin Creek twice, but bridges keep your feet dry."

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Trail Information

Red Lodge
Nearby City
8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
USGS Bare Mountain; RMS Alpine-Mount Maurice; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
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