Best Trails in Shoshone National Forest

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on Stough Creek Basin Trail
2 months ago

backpacking

on Table Mountain Trail
11 months ago

horseback riding

So flat at the top, gets real hot in the summertime

on Blackwater Trail
11 months ago

horseback riding

gorgeous trail, goes about 7500 ft up! horseback it took about 4 hours but well worth it!

on Pahaska - Sunlight Trail ...
11 months ago

hiking

Beautiful hike! Highly recommended

on Clay Butte Trail
1 year ago

camping

on Clay Butte Trail
1 year ago

hiking

Well worth the hike for the many spectacular views that you will see!!! My husband and I hiked just over 30 miles in 3 days. We started by backpacking up to Lake Elaine and camped there our first night. Absolutely amazing view!!! We saw probably 8-10 lakes throughout our hike. The evenings/mornings were a little chilly but with good camping gear we stayed warm at night. We did about half of our trip on trail and half off trail. I would recommend a good GPS to explore some of the off trail stuff like we did. Plus with a good GPS we were able to tell when we were in Montana and able to fish which was very helpful. Over all total we hiked almost 6,000 vertical feet...we did it without a lot of stopping but are in pretty good shape. I would highly recommend this to someone who wants a good workout and a wonderful view!!!! :)

on Stough Creek Basin Trail
1 year ago

camping

Great hike, small river crossing at the start of the trail. You continue up 23 switch backs to a ridge still blow tree line with an amazing view of the winds and descend into the basin.

on Five Pockets
1 year ago

camping

on Sweetwater Gap
1 year ago

on Beauty Lake Trail
1 year ago

hiking

This is a nice and easy trail that starts up at the top of the Beartooth Pass so you even get nice views on the drive to the trail itself. The trail starts at a campground and follows around a lake (not sure the name). It does cross a stream where you have to rock hop across - just a warning you might get your feet wet! Hiking poles would have helped greatly, especially with a pack on. Bring an extra change of socks! You then head up into a meadow. Probably 2/3 into the way to Beauty Lake you see a river to your right, with a cool waterfall coming down some rock cliffs on the other side. We tried to find a way to get across the river to the waterfall, but couldn't find a way to cross without getting fully submerged. I will have to look into this more next time to see how to get over there. After a while, you come up to a fork in the path and you have to decide whether you want to go to Beauty Lake or Becker Lake. Both were recommended to me from a friend, but we chose Beauty because we heard it was prettier (duh). However, a lot of backpackers were taking the other route to Becker because I believe it's a better place to camp/fish and offers access to other chains of lakes. Once you are super close to the lake, you have to descend quite a ways to get to the lake shore. The views from the shore make it all worth it. Walking back up the trail to the meadow is the hardest part of the hike. It is short and steep though so not a big deal.

on Bonneville Pass
1 year ago

Beautiful hike. The wildflowers in late July and early August have to be seen to be believed.

on Crandall Trail
2 years ago

camping

on North Crandall Trail
2 years ago

camping

on North Crandall Trail
2 years ago

camping

This is a beautiful trail that passes through a range of scenery. It first goes north and is several miles from the North Fork of Crandall Creek. The trail was easy to follow until we came to a big open field that stretched way south in the direction of the creek. Without a good map to consult (don't make the same mistake!) we followed a trail into that field towards the creek. A long way on, we decided that it was not the main trail and had to retrace out steps. The actual trail went straight across the field and soon met the junction with the Squaw Creek trail. There was a nice campsite near Teepee Creek. We continued on and found a large horse camp a few miles further west. It had about six bear boxes and was beautifully located right on North Crandall Creek. From there we could see the ridge we needed to climb to reach the pass into Yellowstone. There are three big stream crossings and a very steep climb before you reach a beautiful ridge leading to the pass overlooking Cache Mountain and Yellowstone National Park. The trail ends there. We continued on into YNP, but it was a difficult bushwhack because the valley was filled with downed trees.

on Crandall Trail
2 years ago

camping

This is a beautiful, somewhat difficult trail. One end is at the Crandall Ranger Station and the other is at the Canoe Lake trailhead of Yellowstone National Park. The trail switches sides of the valley and exposes the hiker to beautiful views of bluffs and Crandall Creek. There are very few signs or trail markers, so the further one gets from the ranger station, the harder it is to follow the trail. It is curious that the Crandall Trail connects with the Canoe Lake trail in Yellowstone and yet is less maintained (meaning in worse shape) than the North Crandall Trail which dead ends at a pass overlooking YNP. (We bushwhacked the valley to link with the Cache Creek Trail but it was not easy.) There is about a three mile segment on a south facing slope that is steep and scree filled. One old sign warned riders to dismount along this section. I could not imagine trusting the footing of a horse. The last few miles along Timber Creek are largely in a burned or downed-tree area. There is a large former hunting campsite about four or five miles from Canoe Lake on Timber Creek. The trail crosses the creek there. Another great campsite is at the confluence of Closed Creek and Timber (where it becomes Crandall).

on Pahaska Sunlight Trail
2 years ago

hiking

This is a pretty good hike. The first several miles are flat, but they are also in a part of the forest recovering from a forest fire from several years ago. We took the trail until it crossed the river. The river was running too high that year to cross.

There is a parking lot at the trailhead right off of the highway. Probably not much more than a 1/4 mile down the highway from the Pahaska Teepee store.

on Kitty Creek Trail
2 years ago

hiking

I've done this hike a few times with Boy Scouts. From highway 16 take county road 446 toward Camp Buffalo Bill. After crossing the big bridge take a right at the fork (#448). The trailhead is about 1/4 mile up this road, but there isn't very good parking. I recommend parking at the Boy Scout camp. There is good parking just outside the camp gate. This will add about 3/4 of a mile to your hike.

Whenever I've hiked this trail, we started at camp Buffalo Bill and went up about 3-6 miles. Just below the meadows there is s nice Kirk spot to camp. Once you get to the meadows the mosquitoes will get pretty bad. You can follow the trail all the way to Flora Lake, but we never made it that far. Instead we climbed to the top of Howell Mountain, 10,000ft. The view at the top is spectacular. You can see points like Eagle's Nest, Fortress Mountain, and there glacier basin at the headwaters of Fishhawk creek. This app says that the two is easy, but the first 3-6 miles climb a a thousand feet or more. Be sure to bring bear spray.

on Lily Lake Trail
2 years ago

fishing

You can drive right up to the lake. Good view good camping