Basin Lakes Trail (# 61)


Basin Lakes National Recreation Trail (# 61) is 4 miles long. The trail is a steady forested climb to upper and lower Basin Lakes passing a waterfall along the way. Lower Basin Lake is partially covered with lily pads and Upper Basin Lake offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains.

Distance to:

  • Basin Creek Falls                                           0.5 miles
  • Lower Basin Lake                                          2.5 miles
  • Upper Basin Lake                                              4 miles

Elevation change: 2000+ feet. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Bicycle. Horses are allowed ONLY during hunting season.

Directions from the Beartooth Ranger District office:

Drive north on US Hwy 212 towards Red Lodge for 0.3 miles. Turn west (left) onto the West Fork Rd and drive 2.8 miles. Stay to the left (follow signs) and continue on the West Fork Rd. Drive 4.1 miles to Basin Lakes trailhead on your left.

Basin Trailhead provides access to Basin Lakes National Recreation Trail (# 61) and the west side of the Silver Run Trail (# 102) via the Basin Spur Trail (# 61A). There is ample parking and a vault toilet at the trailhead.

*The West Fork Road is closed from December 2- April 14. Between these dates, you cannot drive to the trailhead.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy

General Information

General Notes:

It is a short walk up the trail to Basin Creek Falls. From there, the trail turns away from the creek and then returns to the creek. Please be advised that the trail crosses the creek at this point (the trail is visible on the other side of the creek).



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  Area/Length : 
4.1 miles

  Elevation : 
6,930 - 9,000