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Becker Lake is a 8.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cooke City, Montana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 8.2 mi Elevation gain 721 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Lake River Views Wildlife
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Starting from Island Lake THD, you'll head west along Island and Night Lakes but must first cross a significant ford on the first 1/8 mile (knee high in early July). It can be quite buggy/muddy in this first section. As you break into the open just past Night Lake, you should see several smaller ponds/lakes to the East along with some seasonal cascades/falls. The junction with the Becker Lake trail isn't marked (it is marked further down by Beauty Lake which is a much more difficult/seemingly abandoned approach). The Becker/Albino junction is fairly clear just be looking to the east for a trail traveling between two ponds. If you start a steep descent, you've gone too far and are heading to Beauty Lake. As you make your way north, you should meet up with a significant but unnamed lake divided by the trail (rock hopping to get across). There is a pretty waterfall to view if you head west for a spur trail around the western section of the unnamed lake. After the rock hopping, the trail continues north up a gradual section to reach Becker Lake. To reach Albino Lake, stay on the northbound trail past Becker and up another gradual section for great views of Albino Lake & Lonesome Mountain.

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Wendy Henderson
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Hiked this beautiful trail on a Friday - Saturday. The views are spectacular from beginning to end. The trail was easy to find, although it is not officially marked. Most of the trail is level, with some challenging sections, especially the boulder field toward Becker lake. The camping at Becker lake was breathtaking. We saw a number of groups on the trail, but wouldn’t call it crowded. Once we set up camp we didn’t really see anyone else even though the weather was perfect. It gets cold on the bluffs by the lake - come with lots of layers. There were more mosquitos than we expected - more of an annoyance than driving us into our tent. Overall, a spectacular day in the mountains.

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Noel Anderson
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Hiked Thursday August 13, 2020 between 9 AM and 3 PM. There is road construction between Beartooth Lake Campground and Cooke City. Be prepared for pilot car delays if you come from that way. The drive from Red Lodge took an hour. Parking lot was about half full when we arrived and mostly full when we left. While the trail is rated easy, the stream fords and boulder field crossing require a little attention. Others have reported knee deep water at streams. Today, all the fords had dry-top stepping stones, so I could have left my water shoes in the car. Traversing the boulder field near Becker Lake was very doable. In both cases, I was glad I had my trekking poles for stability and hiking boots with good grip. The wildflowers were exceptional, particularly near North Lake and Becker Lake. The only mammals we saw were a pika and a chipmunk. There were several mosquitos where we ate lunch at Becker Lake and no bugs elsewhere. We encountered 11 other parties on the trail. Google Maps satellite view uses high resolution (several inch?) USDA aerial images which enable a good trail preview.

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Jeff Hartman
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Decent ford right at the beginning which is funny as it's not really mentioned on any of the AllTrails trails leaving Island Lake in the description. It turned three groups back while I was heading in. Nearly knee high to a 6'3" person (July 2nd). Beautiful area with fantastic trails. It can be a bit buggy at Island/Night area but once you start up the hill past Night it opens up and the sights improve dramatically. Lots of seasonal falls to the East as you hike. There are actually two approaches to Becker - the one noted on this is the easiest and most-well marked approach (although no actual signage at the turn). The 2nd (not recommended) is dropping down to Beauty Lake and taking a very faint trail up the creek to the lakes below Becker. There's a pretty falls at the end (photos). I hugged the shoreline on a fishing trail on the way up Becker and stuck to the actual trail on the way up to Albino Lake. A 5' tall 25' wide snow drift (in early July) is intimidating right on the trail on the north side of Becker. Would definitely recommend extending your hike a bit past Becker to the views of Albino/Lonesome Mountain.

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Minnesota MountainMatt
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Snow patches everywhere post holing all the way up. Unbelievable views all the way up, well worth it. Easy trail if it wasn’t for all the snow. Becker lake is still frozen over. Did this trail on June 22, 2020. Had to forge two creeks but doable if you are willing to get wet up to knees or thighs. All the snow made it difficult. Beautiful trail all the way through even with the difficult snow situation.

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amy walton
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this trail is absolutely beautiful. so many lakes and crystal clear ponds...wildflowers galore. went yesterday and you have to cross 2 creeks to get to the final lake. they are higher than average I would guess so all the rocks are under water, making it a bit tricky to cross both. the mosquitoes were ok but a good solid bug spray would be a must. a good portion of the trial is muddy or wet as this year has been high for rain. It is well worth it.

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Erika Martens
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Ryan Whiteside
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Scott Paul
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Tom Buller
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Neta Koskovich
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Laurie Jones
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Pierre D'Aoust
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Angelo Tolfa
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Kristin Amenson
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Blake Chandler
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James B
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Marlene King
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Jon Rhodes
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Marlene King
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Aaron Walker
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Chris Chris McKitterick
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Susannah Clark
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