Basin Lake

The Basin Lakes Trail follows routes used for horse logging in the early 1900s, and serves as access to upper and lower basin lakes.

photo: Basin Lake. Photo by USFS.

Length: 4.80 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Snow Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: 8 miles west of Red Lodge, MT., In Custer National Forest, 8 mi. W of Red Lodge on West Fork Rock Creek Road.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Carbon
Longitude: -109.38944
Latitude: 45.15916

Driving Directions

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.


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.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 6,902
Elevation High Point: 9,000
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information contact:
Babette Anderson

Trail management:
Allie Wood
Beartooth Ranger District
HC 49 Box 3420
Red Lodge , MT 59068
(406) 446-2130



Basin Lake. Photo by USFS.

Basin Lake. Photo by USFS.


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