Explore the most popular forest trails in Beaverhead National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I camped at Lion Lake with a friend in early October. There were about three inches of snow on the ground once you got to the lake, but the views were breathtaking. We were the only ones on the trail and at the (small) campsite. The last mile or so was tough, but worth it. If you have winter gear I definitely recommend hiking this trail and camping when there’s a bit of snow.

This was an upsettingly amazing hike! It takes a while to get to via the dirt roads leading up to it and we were the only ones on the trail (first week of October). AWD would help in getting there but we made it (slowly) in a Jetta anyway.
The very start of the trail at Brownes lake is just silly nice and the rest of the trail only gets better from there.
This is listed as moderate but there are sections that would border on difficult. It’s not a long trail but it is a pretty strong incline most of the way. It ends at Lake Agnes which is tucked away neatly and also just gorgeous. Great hike with a large dog but smaller pups might have some trouble.
Couldn’t recommend this one any higher!

we found this to be a loop. at the Peacock Loop sign the left route is steeper. Right route is more gradual ascent. If you do the entire loop start left for a more gradual descent. A little confusing at the top. After you go through the gate trail markings not to good.

the trail is a loop (lollipop ) Seems a lot longer than indicated. we had a hard time finding the trail after we crossed through the gate at the top. At the Peacock Loop sign, left route is steeper than the right. Start left for an easier descent if you do the entire loop.

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked this trail on 9/20/2018. Relatively easy to moderate hike with a little bit of switch-backing during the last mile. Lots of bear scat on the trail so be safe. Bring a good bear spray and a firearm. Hike with a few people if possible.

We saw no bears, but plenty of small wildlife and beautiful scenery. The lake at the top is magnificent. No snow or ice as of today. Took us a total of 3 hours in and out, including the 30 minutes we spent hanging out by the beautiful lake. I would highly recommend it as the trail has very light traffic (literally only 3 other people showed up for the hike on a beautiful Thursday). It is also very well marked throughout. Great experience!

horseback riding
1 month ago

Awesome trail to a beautiful lake. The trail was clear all the way. Some steeper switchbacks at the end, but worth the climb. The lake is beautiful and we enjoyed fishing while we were there. Highly recommend. We rode in mid-September. Good fall color.

Just hiked up to the ridge line with my girlfriend and small dog. 100% breathtaking. Lakes are gorgeous, weather was perfect. No bear sightings

My dad, my 14 year old daughter, and I hiked in for my dad’s 62nd birthday. We spent two nights at Lion lake and fished both lakes. It was the perfect trail, with just enough difficulty to make it challenging yet enjoyable. We’re already planning another trip back!

hiking
1 month ago

Took Moose Tracks to Bone Crusher. Good day hike. The views at the top were great but also enjoyed a lot of views along the way.

backpacking
2 months ago

The trail was awesome!! Absolutely breathtaking once to greyling lake and lionhead lake fished both lakes. The girlfriend and I had way better luck at greyling lake for fishing. But all of it was breath taking. We loved it and are planning next trip with our two boys for a longer stay. We also had trouble finding the trail using altrails direction which took us to lower canyon road. But other then it was amazing!!! Also 5 miles carrying packs may start to feel like 9miles.but we had a blast!! Also Lion head is not 3mils more from greyling lake it's more like 5mins or a 100 yards

The trailhead was inaccessible due to road closure and we were not able to get to the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, moderate incline.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike, my favorite one I’ve done all season. BUG SPRAY IS A MUST. Forgot it and was eaten alive!

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Take moose tracks to bone crusher. The ridge is awesome and the last mile or so to the summit is extremely loose.

Great hike. Not to difficult at all, but only went to the lake. Extremely buggy- lots of mosquitoes. Wasn’t able to hammock sit at the top- I forgot big spray. Might have helped.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is one of the most challenging but most rewarding hikes in the area! Views from the top are incredible, and views from the start of Bone Crusher up are also great. DO NOT follow the map on AllTrails to summit the mountain, take the Bone Crusher trail (which starts at the top of the Swift Current ski lift) to the peak. The trail will seem to stop being so visible, but just follow the ridge line up and your going the right direction!

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike if you have time and energy! Getting to the lakes wasn't too hard, there are spots that can get tricky because the trail isn't marked too well. if you want to get to the top I would rate this as Hard. if you follow the right side past the first two lakes it will bring you close to a ridge line, you will have to be smart of how to get to it because there wasn't a trail. once on the ridge you will have to do some boldering for a good portion of the ridge. If you wanted to follow the lakes up then go through the pass you can, but make sure on the first to lakes to stay on the right side, the left side of those lakes are hard and steep! Going to the top will test you, but it is worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Most importantly - do NOT follow the alltrails map. We did not upload our recording since we went up the alltrails trail up but took the way down recommended by others. We took the swift current chairlift up 2 miles and were then recommended to take bone crusher up to the trail. We took the all trails trail up which is not a trail. If not doing the chairlift, we were told to take moose tracks to bone crusher and then up lone mountain and to take the same way down. Lone mountain was made entirely of shale rocks and felt unstable to walk on. This hike is definitely not for those afraid of heights or unsteadiness. We were told the 'actual trail' is supposedly new and definitely not broken in. We encountered several others on the trail so we knew we were going the right way after going up the wrong way. Ropes were along the ridge but were not secured for grabbing. On the way down (on the way we were instructed to go up) there was more shale rock and a lot of three-point climbs but it was manageable. The experience was worth the hike but hoping that the 'new trail' the locals talked about gets more broken in for others so its a little less sketchy on the rocks.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike

3 months ago

A beautiful hike. Golden trout in the lake

hiking
11 months ago

This is an easy to moderate hike with a well maintained trail. We hiked to the lake three days ago. I would suggest taking some type of grippers for your boots, as parts of the trail are snow packed and icy.

hiking
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Trail disappeared in the snow and mass of fallen trees near the top when I tried last October. Turned back without ever seeing the lakes but the hike was beautiful anyway. Trail split a few times with no markings. Lower part of the trail was clear. Be aware that weather at the trailhead and weather at the top can be very different.

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Awesome hike. Took Moose Tracks to Bone Crusher then up. Bone Crusher ended but it's pretty obvious where to continue. Up to the tram station. There's been brutal fire around lately so because of smoke, I hitched a ride back with the tram (as seen on the route), then hiked the South Service Rd to the base for the sake of time. Do not do this if you're afraid of heights, have vertigo, or dislike shear drop offs on both sides of a fairly narrow trail. Coming down would have been brutal if not for the tram.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Good hike. A little scrambling involved for 75 yds on ridge and towards the top due to steepness. Great views. Not recommended for dogs.

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Well maintained and easy to follow trail. We tracked it at 5 miles to Greyling Lake and elected not to go on to Lion Lake. Grade was as described - gentler the first 2 miles and nicely spaced switchbacks the second half. Crossed the creek 3 times on well placed rocks.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Awesome hike with a beautiful lake. I ended summited Mount Jefferson and Hollowtop Mountain so I didn't spend too much time, but a beautiful area. Didn't see too many people while I was there.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Some amazing views from the top!

backpacking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Very well maintained trail for how little use it gets. Did an overnight trip here. 5.5 miles to lion lake. Great campsites. Caught one fish is lion lake. quite a bit of snow still around the backside of lion lake. Great trail!

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's an amazing hike with incredible views!! I tried climbing up to the top of hollow top mountain from the lake,, but I only made it up about halfway till it was almost a vertical climb.. so I turned back!!

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

As if today on June 3rd, last 500 meters to the lake is covered with 3-4 foot high of snow. The trail to the lake is covered by snow completely, so I had to use my compass to navigate through the snow to get to the lake. It was hell but it was beautiful, nevertheless!

Be prepared to get your shoes wet and feet cold in the last 30 minutes of the hike. I would recommend doing it when snow disappears.

All in all, the climb was pretty easy and steady. I would hike the trail again in the future, especially when snow isn't there!

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