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Beehive Basin Trail


  • National Forest Trail
Beehive Basin boasts some of the most breathtaking views Big Sky has to offer. This 6.6 mile round trip hike slopes up moderately with an elevation gain of 1,500 feet giving views of Lone Peak along the way. After 3.3 miles of trail, hikes enter Beehive Basin, a U-shaped glacial cirque with a crystal clear lake that overlooks Lone Peak.

Hikers can also scramble up rocks to the top of the basin to enjoy even more views. It’s best to take your time on this hike. Pack a lunch and enjoy the beauty of Beehive Basin once you’ve reached the top.

Beehive Basin is one of the best places to spot wild flowers in the summer, but still has excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing in the fall. It is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Beehive Basin Ski Trail is a moderate 5 km single-track loop near Big Sky. The trail begins with a few switchbacks, which are a bit steep. The route then flattens out for about 1 mile before turning steeply uphill. Near the end is a very steep hill. The view is spectacular. Near the end of the trail you will find a shallow lake surrounded by vertical cliffs. Avalanche hazard areas are common. Length: 5 km most difficult trail. Trail Begins: Two miles north of Big Sky Resort Trail Ends: Beehive Basin Area Map: Gallatin National Forest Visitor Map USGS Map1: Lone Mountain Township 6S; Range 3E; Section 17
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Mailing Address
Custer Gallatin National Forest
3710 Fallon Street, Suite C
Bozeman, MT 59718
Special direction map

Special Directions

Travel west from the Mountain Village about 1.5 miles past the end of the pavement, then turn right, up the hill, about 200 feet before the electric gate. Stay on this road for about 2.5 miles. Whenever the road forks go right. The trailhead is located at the bottom of a steep hill.