Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

The hike itself is flat and runs along private property for about half of it. The hot spring is more of a warm spring and had broken glass in it. You will leave feeling like you need a shower stat! We blogged about it if anyone is interested in reading more: https://practicalvagabonds.com/upper-potosi-hot-spring/

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1 month 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
2 months 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.

We came in late at night. There are two entrances, the first one leads to open space for bigger RV's, parking for day hikers, and the road to one side of the campground. The second entrance is to more campsites along the creek, where we ended up moving to the next morning. This place is beautiful!! We followed a trail along the creek for a bit that was a quick easy hike. There is another hike, 303(?), across the main road that leads up 900 ft to a vista of the valley according to the camphost.

The hot springs are an easy hike about a mile. We went twice, once in the afternoon which had more people in and out, and in the morning with just us. We spent some "au natural" time in the springs. The temps are not extremely hot more like a bath or hot tub at best. We thoroughly enjoyed the springs!

The main road leads back to more marked campsites and a fork pointing to Bell Lake or Granite Lake. We went up towards Granite Lake. The road is rough and slow going and we never did reach the lake after taking a side road and coming to a field to turn around. We did see an ATV going up the road presumably to the lake.

I recommend this campground and hot springs!

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, moderate incline.

3 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.

hiking
4 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
4 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.

Easy. Interesting and just a fun little hike

4 months ago

A beautiful hike. Golden trout in the lake

Cute underrated spring. Very easy hike and just a little ways down a very well maintained dirt road. You park along a fence on the far end of the campground a cross a little log bridge to the trailhead.

hiking
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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.

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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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Some amazing views from the top!

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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!

fishing
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It was a nice hike up to the lake. It had snowed the night before the hike (9/5/16) and created a very nice scene.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fantastic trail. Great views. We went in mid Oct, a little snow, but not bad.

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Trail to the top is actually only 7 miles out and back. There are some other paths once you reach the mountain lake, but that is where the main trail ends.

Hiked it in the middle of October with no problems. A dusting of snow here and there, but nothing to slow you down. View at the top is totally worth it. Saw plenty of bear droppings so make sure to hike with bear spray at least.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Nice consistent grade climb from trailhead.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Hiked in for a night with my little sister last week, and had a great time. Fish were jumping like crazy when we arrived, unfortunately the wind picked up shortly after and made fly fishing difficult at best. Lake was beautiful and the hike was easy.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Very fun hike! Did it last weekend (6/4/16) and towards the top had to make through deep snow in some parts. Mildly inconvenient (just bring extra socks!) but still fun! The lake was absolutely beautiful. Couldn't make it to the plane wreckage due to snow, but will definitely do this hike again! In my opinion it was the perfect length for a day hike. Not overly long but you definitely feel like you worked for the awesome views!

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

We did this last summer. picked wild raspberries, saw the plane wreckage, and found a geocache! Beautiful area.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

we had a blast hiking this today. we saw the plane crash and had a great lunch at the lake. We are not in shape but made it there and back in about 5 hours.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This was such a wonderful hike. Backpacked into the lake and stayed the night on 8/11, and loved it. The hike is rated at moderate, but I'd say the first 2.5 miles are easy, and the last 1.5 miles is easy with moderate sections. The lake itself is beautiful, and has a great population of brook trout that will bite any lure that provides action. I noticed they will not bite anything sitting idle though, so cast and reel, cast and reel. If you plan on camping, hit the far end of the left side of the lake, there is an excellent large camp spot with fire ring thats tucked into a nice copse of pines. This camp spot is also only a few hundred yards from the open grassy area that has the remnants of the 1959 plane crash, which is worth checking out. Definitely a hike I intend to do again, and would be the hike I chose if I was introducing a friend to backpacking, as the easy hike, great scenery, and great fishing make it a perfect introductory backpacking trip.

hiking
Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Great day hike or overnight stay, beware of creek crossing right at trailhead, steady climb to lakes and very well defined trail. Would rate this trail as moderate in difficulty. Nice views and great fishing. Currently road is open for motorcycles, mountain bikes, or hiking!

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