Beehive Basin Trail No. 40

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Big Sky, Montana

Beehive Basin Trail No. 40 is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sky, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,650 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

running

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Out of Bozeman, take Hey 191 south to Big Sky. Turn at the light and heads towards Big Sky Resort and Lone Peak. Continue up past the turn to Big Sky Resort. Prior to the Moonlight Basin entrance, take a right on Beehive Basin Road. Continue to trail head and park in the designated area.

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washed out
3 days ago

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icy
muddy
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7 days ago

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snow
17 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike in late July. Beautiful wildflowers for the first part of the hike. The mountain lake was gorgeous and my 12 year old loved the snow at the end of the hike.

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rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful hike a short drive away from Big Sky Resort. A few sections are steep and fairly technical, but it’s mostly a gradual slope. Awesome views of Lone Peak shortly into the hike, and the views from Beehive Lake (and from the big rocks shortly beyond it that you can scale) are well worth the climb. The trail is typically not too crowded in the middle of the week, even in peak season.

3 months ago

It had some beautiful views especially of the peak of big sky resort, but I don't recommend this trail for snowshoeing as it is a lot of off camber traversing so that's kinda hard on your ankles.

hiking
5 months ago

Most beautiful trail ever in the summer. It is a lung buster at the top headed towards the Spanish peaks.

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7 months ago

Muddy and beautiful.

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8 months ago

Gradual uphill with a few steep sections with a glorious reward of beautiful meadows and a lake at the top. The trail continues up above the lake which reveals a worthwhile view.

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9 months ago

Hiked the trail today - not crowded at all. The views through the valleys are beautiful and then you hit the lake - spectacular! Worth doing the extra climb to the ridge above the lake - another meadow and smaller lake plus gorgeous views.

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private property
9 months ago

Did this hike a few weeks ago. There were quite a few people out for a Wednesday but everyone was friendly. Most of the trail was in direct sunlight but thankfully the day was cooler with an overcast. Single track well worn trail. Got a little rocky the last mile. It’s a pretty consistent up hill climb. The lake was small but views were gorgeous. Worth going past the lake up to a rocky overlook for a better view! Bugs were not bad that day but I imagine they could be around the lake. I’d do this hike again.

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9 months ago

Looking for a solid half day hike? Look no further!

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9 months ago

Lots of Big Sky tourists and dusty trail. Beautiful view.

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9 months ago

Awesome afternoon day hike. Gradual incline on the way up and a beautiful lake/ridge view at the top

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rocky
9 months ago

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9 months ago

My girls and I (ages 8 and 11) did this trail and it was my highlight of our trip Big Sky. We took it slow with lots of water breaks and they were fine. Hope to make it back someday to hike it again!

backpacking
9 months ago

Beautiful views! Moderately trafficked. Hiked up to the lake and spent the night. Absolutely amazing

hiking
9 months ago

Relaxing hike for being moderately difficult at times. Absolutely epic views. We got there about 11 am and the parking lot (plus street) was super crowded. The trail was also very crowded, which at times was less than enjoyable. All in all, worth the views at the top!

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9 months ago

Hiked mid August and still tons of wild flowers. Two moose! One of our favorite hikes in Big Sky. Go early to get a parking spot.

hiking
9 months ago

Mid August and the flowers are a bit past prime (mid to end of July is peak), but Beehive Basin did not disappoint! There were tons of paintbrush, mules-ears, larkspur, lupen, mouse on a stick and various other blooms. Great trail, great lake and views from the top. Clear views across to Big Sky and lone peak. Moderate elevation gain was somewhat strenuous for our 5 and 7 year old. The only turn-off was that there was a lot of people, the lot was crowded and the first part of the trail is granted access on private property so there are lots of mansions on a hilltop for the first mile.

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9 months ago

Great hike, not difficult but there is some uphill terrain. You can actually go past beehive basin, up over and around, and then up to the summit overlooking the path you came in. View is stunning up there, highly recommend it.

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10 months ago

Great hike with some great views! Nice little lake near the top! Bring Bear spray just in case.

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10 months ago

Great balance of uphill and plateau with beautiful views throughout. Suggest going early like we did (8:15a on Friday) before crowds. When we arrived, we were one of 3 cars. By 11:30 when we left, there were 35-40 cars. People were great on way back but not as peaceful as the way up. Memories for life.

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