If you ask your dog, there’s nothing better than a hike with you in the gorgeous Beartooth Mountains. So lace up your hiking boots, pack some snacks and water and head over to the Basin Lake Trail. This hike has not one, but two pawsome mountain lakes to discover. It’s no wonder hundreds of pets and people enjoy this trail each year.
Don’t confuse its pupularity with it being an easy hike; your pup’s leg muscles will kick into high gear almost immediately. You’ll gain around 700 feet in the first mile. But keep going, because soon you’ll hear the babbling of Basin Creek, which means you are not far from a furrific waterfall. There is also a stream crossing where logs are laid out as a make shift bridge for the two legged hikers. Your pup will welcome the chance to cool down in the water.
After about two miles, you’ll arrive at Lower Basin Lake. Stop here for a snack and let your dog catch their breath. The lake is surrounded by dense forest and you can spot several snow covered peaks in the background. If your furry friend has had enough, this is a great turn around point. But if they’re still rearing to go, press on for another two miles until you reach Upper Basin Lake. Here you will get puptacular views of the Silver Run Plateau. There are some backpacking sites available on the southern end of the lake, so you have the option of bringing a tent and staying the night in the backcountry.
One of the reasons this trail is so pupular is that it’s easy to access. Just hop on West Fork Road and follow it a few miles until you come to the well marked trailhead. Basin Lake Campground is located right across the street and has restrooms available. Not only will Basin Lake Trail give your pooch some much needed exercise, it will also give them a heaping dose of southern Montana’s natural beauty!