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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 moderate. 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.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 1,476 ft Route type Out & Back

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Bob Norwood
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Hiking

Not as easy as it looks up hill all the way nice lake at the top, lots of rocks on the trail. Kicked my but going up

Jennifer Fogerty
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BackpackingBugsMuddy

Amazing reward for a tough hike. All uphill. All uphill. All uphill. It says moderate but it’s not an easy hike. We had to motivate the tweens at each incline. Bring water or filter, Wear bug spray.

Larry Greytak
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Ashley Schlosser
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HikingBugs

I am a novice hiker, so this was harder than the marked “moderate” rating. All uphill, but the lake was beautiful and worth the hard work to get up to the top. There are lots of bugs, so bring your bug spray.

Kate McElligott
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Hiking

We took an afternoon hike and took plenty of water for the heat. ALL uphill. Definitely worth it, be prepared for the elevation gain. Much quicker hike back.

Mary Anne Skinner
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HikingRocky

Great trail. Super rocky. Wear bug spray! Tons of mosquitoes, but breeze kept most at bay. Start early as our hike down was super hot. Lots of waterfalls and shade for first 1.5 miles. Cool abandoned mine right before Lower Lake. Hiked to Upper Basin Lake. Worth the extra 3 miles round trip for the glacial views and seclusion. Saw lots of bear scat and goat fur.

Baylee Hart
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HikingBugs

Well maintained trail! The hike was beautiful, if you stopped walking tons of mosquitoes would swarm you but they never actually bit either of us..they were just annoying! Overall a great hike!

Laura Bell
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Hiking

Great hike! Walked all the way to the upper lake (4ish miles to the top). Uphill is the hardest on the way to the lower lake, trail gets easier between the lakes!

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Allison Potter
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HikingBugs

Definitely buggy, but not mosquitos so I was ok with it. Use bug spray and you’ll be fine. We only went to the lower lake. It’s 2.5 miles and uphill the.whole.way. It’s no joke. Some rocky/crumbly spots so good shoes are a must. Go early, we started at 9am and only passed a couple of other people on our way up, but passed a bunch on our way down.

Kirk Williams
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Hiking

Fun day hike. Be careful not to get confused when you get a mile or so in, we (and we saw many others do the same) missed the left turn over the creek and continued straight on what appeared to be the trail. If you start going over many fallen logs and the trail gets harder to see with the creek still on your left, you might have missed it too.

John Doe
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Hiking

This hike is 4 miles to the lake, not 5.1. Great trail, relatively easy for a moderate.

Art Beresheim
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Hiking

got a little lost somehow but made our way back. only hiked to the first lake. worth it. on our way down we couldn't figure out where we left the trail, it seemed so marked

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Dustin Parry
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Eli Jordan
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Hiking

Very buggy at the lower lake. The hike up was harder than expected but returning to the trail head took 1/3 of the time.

Samantha Olson
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HikingRocky

There were a few muddy parts but overall a great hike.

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Lynne Wedul
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Sara Trader
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WalkingBugsNo shadeRockyScramble

you're gonna see the trailhead and say "2 miles? that's not bad." it is straight uphill the whole time, not many areas of shade or flat. the lake was still beautiful but it is quite the elevation gain in such a short amount of distance. would recommend lots of sunscreen, bug spray, and extra water.

Leena McIntyre
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Hiking

Great trail to hike this time of year! Just remember to cross the creek at about a half mile in, besides that the trail is well maintained. Once you go past the first lake (lower basin) and go to the upper basin another 1.5 miles it does get a little muddy and you might run into a little bit of snow, but it’s very manageable. Can’t wait to do it again!

Maxx Archila
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Hiking

Great trail, dry and no snow (6/7) creek flow is great, waterfalls are quite the sight. Can’t wait to go again

Sally Ellestad
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Hiking

incredible trail. no snow. some muddy spots.

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Sean Davis
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Tom Rock
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HikingBlowdownIcyMuddySnow

Great trail but impassable without snowshoes above Lower Basin - we saw no tracks above the first lake. The first lake is also still iced in. The snow for the last 1.5 miles was very deep. Saw many poorly equipped hikers turn back.

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