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The Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone River is one of our nation’s most remarkable treasures. It’s the last major free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, traveling 680 dam-free miles. The river begins as a melting snow bank on Yount’s Peak deep in the Wyoming wilderness south of Yellowstone Park. From here it runs north then east until it […]

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A Hike to George Lake

Note: This is an account of a hike to George Lake I sent to a friend of mine. It is a lot more personal than most info here and I hope you find it useful. Wednesday June 18, 2003. I arrived at the George Lake trailhead at about 9:00. The trail and lake are part […]

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Beartooth Lake

Beartooth Lake is a spectacular high-mountain lake located along the famous Beartooth Highway (U.S. Hwy 212).  The lake is a popular destination that offers fishing, boating, camping, hiking and backpacking in a pristine alpine setting. Beartooth Lake is immediately adjacent to Hwy 212 which is both good and bad because it makes access very easy […]

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The Lights of Anvil Lake

by Stan Clements           It was probably the best I had ever seen the stars in my life. It was the night of the new moon. The air was cold and dry. We were at high altitude, in wilderness miles from the lights of the smallest of towns. It was dark out. It was really […]

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Yankee Jim Canyon Whitewater and History

Yankee Jim Canyon is a short, narrow canyon on the Yellowstone River about 13 miles north of Yellowstone Park. The canyon has the largest rapids on the Yellowstone River outside of the Park (boating on the Yellowstone River is banned in Yellowstone Park). Yankee Jim Canyon is less than five miles long and the whitewater […]

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West Boulder River

The West Boulder River is a favorite place for camping, hiking and fishing close to both Big Timber and Livingston, MT. Popular with day hikers and backpackers, the West Boulder Meadows are an ideal place for a first ever backpack trip. The combination of excellent hiking, camping, fishing and scenery make this a very special […]

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Deep Creek Trail

The Deep Creek trail provides great hiking just a few minutes south of Livingston, Montana. This lightly used trail provides access into the north end of the Absaroka Mountains. The trail is mostly used for day hiking but it connects into an extensive trail network that offers great backpacking opportunities. Deep Creek The Yellowstone River […]

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Pine Creek Falls and Pine Creek Lake

Pine Creek is a tributary of the Yellowstone River that enters in the heart of Paradise Valley. While the National Forest campground attracts some, most visitors come to hike to Pine Creek Falls or Pine Creek Lake. This is the most popular hike in the Livingston area. It is easy to access and the hike […]

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Natural Bridge Falls and the Boulder River

The Boulder River is a tributary of the Yellowstone River that originates high in the Absaroka Mountains south of Big Timber, MT. Natural Bridge Falls is the main attraction on the Boulder but the river and surrounding lands provide incredible opportunities for fishing, camping and exploring. The Boulder River Valley The headwaters of the Boulder […]

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Mystic Lake and Bear Canyon

Mystic Lake is a favorite destination near Bozeman, Montana for hikers, mountain bikers, anglers and hunters. Mystic Lake can be accessed from a couple of different trailheads but the access in Bear Canyon is the shortest. Located about 5 miles east of Bozeman, the Bear Canyon area offers hiking, mountain biking and cross country ski opportunities. […]