Beehive Basin Trail

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Beehive Basin

7 miles (round-trip) 

Duration: 3 to 4.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet

Activities: Hiking, trail-running, skiing

Crowds: Moderate traffic

This picturesque trail near Big Sky sits in a glacial cirque surrounded by mountains. At 9,200 feet, the trailhead leads you into alpine wildflower meadows, tall forest, and past creeks. As you approach the trailhead, you'll cross a log bridge to begin your ascent up a grassy meadow. At 1 mile, a posted T-junction intersects with the North Fork of the Gallatin Ridge Trail. To stay on Beehive, turn left; at another 2 miles or so in, you'll reach an unnamed lake surrounded by streams and a grassy basin. Enjoy the spectacular view. 

Seasonal Conditions
This trail is popular among back-country skiers during winter months. Because of its elevation, deep snow patches last through spring.   

From downtown Bozeman, head west on Huffine Ln. toward Four Corners. From there, take a left onto Hwy. 191 toward Big Sky and drive 34 miles. At mile marker 48, turn right onto Big Sky Spur Rd. (Hwy. 64), and continue 10 miles to Beehive Basin Rd. on your right (30 yards before the turnoff to Moonlight). Turn right and drive 1.6 miles to the posted trailhead on your left. 

Robert Stone's Beehive Basin Map


Map courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana.

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