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Encompassing more than 3 million acres and stretching across seven ranger districts including Bozeman, Hebgen Lake Ranger District in West Yellowstone, MT, Yellowstone R.D. in Livingston, MT, Gardiner R.D., Beartooth R.D. in Red Lodge, MT, the Ashland R.D. in far southeastern MT and Sioux R.D. in Camp Crook, SD, the Gallatin National Forest is known as one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the region. As Gateway to Yellowstone National Park, the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness; the Forest features many adventures among rugged mountains, including the tallest Peak in Montana to remote buttes and the bluffs of southeastern Montana and northwestern South Dakota.
Jan 22, 2017 solo 12:30p - 4:30p. 1pm Observed young couple on the way out. Snow packed easy to follow trail. Came across a spring exiting mountain side of path causing a huge mound of ice to hike around. Trail crosses quaint log bridge with man-made rail. Lake was frozen, no clear indication where the outflow to the creek began without off trail rugged exploration along the lake.
A short hike will experience all the trail has to offer hiking 20 minutes to the NFS sign designating the Wilderness Area. Turn back for the best of the trail sans lake.