Basin Lakes Trail No. 61

HARD 36 reviews
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Basin Lakes Trail No. 61 is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Red Lodge, Montana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1482 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked 5/24/17. Beautiful hike. Straight up 1400 ft, with switchbacks and a couple creek crossings. Be prepared to jump the creeks as the water is high now. Towards the end of the trail, it is fairly deep snow. Unable to make it to upper basin, as snow is too deep to see trail

12 days ago

Still quite a bit of snow up there. Likely more now with recent weather.

22 days ago

1 month ago

Beautiful! Bring OFF...lots of mosquitoes!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome! Bring lots of water and bug spray, because when we went the mosquitoes were awful. It was a pretty difficult though! Really gorgeous!

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful!! With lots to discover

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome hike! It was immensely beautiful up there. The steep trail is pretty challenging but well worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

Very pretty. My husband and I hiked to the upper lake and it was a little more than we bargained for, but we'll worth it! Make sure you wear good shoes, pack a snack and water.

hiking
8 months ago

If you avoid the stairs at work, you should NOT get on this trail. Requires moderate fitness level but is very pretty. It is definitely worth the effort to make it to both lakes--I had a small snack at the first lake and took a little siesta at the upper lake, very serene and beautiful. Wear good hiking shoes because the trail can be gravelly, making it a little treacherous on the way down. Trail is very narrow against the mountainside in places. I saw a moose cow and her calf on the way down which was awesome!!

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8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

I frequent this trail every few weeks as it takes just over an hour to get to the lower lake and is a great workout! My Fitbit consistently reads this as a 6-mile out and back with 1500 feet gain to the lower, but this may be because I've got tiny legs. The falls about 10 minutes up the trail are incredible and the turns and sights as you push up are definitely worth it. Wild raspberries in mid to late August make the trip sweeter! Definitely my go-to get out of town hike. Haven't explored the upper lake yet but I'm going to in the next month!

9 months ago

Did this hike with husband for anniversary. nice little waterfalls along the way and rewarded with a pretty lake at the end

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9 months ago

The trail sign said four miles and difficult, but All Trails has it listed at 5.5 and moderate...confusing. This hike is steep, but with the switchbacks you don't realize it until your way down. It was nice having plenty of spots for our dog to cool off and drink. I liked that there were key points to take rest before moving on....waterfall, old cabin,meadows and lower lake. I'm a beginning hiker, so I struggled with going another 1.5 miles to the upper lake. I'm so thankful we did, the fish were jumping like crazy and the view was spectacular. The berries were in abundance and the foot traffic was good. We will definitely be back and might camp overnight next time.

9 months ago