Beehive Basin Trail has been ranked in the top ten greatest hikes in the world! What makes this hike so special? It might be the amazing views of the Big Sky Valley and Lone Peak. Or, maybe it's the trail that winds through open meadows carpeted with wildflowers and ends at a stunning lake surrounded by granite peaks. Needless to say, Beehive should be on the top of your must-do hike list.
Heading South on US 191 from Bozeman, head West on Montana 64 towards Big Sky. Wind through Big Sky for roughly 10 miles until you get to Beehive Basin Road. You’ll see a sign for the Upper Beehive Basin Trailhead, follow it.
This hike has a few steep climbs, but a lot of flat sections to help to balance it out. Combined with an easy trail to follow, this hike is doable by most.
If you average around 1.25 miles per hour you can reach the lake within 2.5 hours. With a half hour break at the top, you can be back to the car in 5 hours.
This route starts at 7944 feet above sea level and ends at 9279 feet.
Wildflowers, towering peaks and a small lake all make for a stellar destination.
Between the small lake at the end of the hike and a few shallow crossings throughout, there's enough opportunity to purify extra water given the length of the hike.
A snack or a light lunch is recommended.
The well-groomed, wide dirt trail is easy to follow the entire way to the basin.
There isn’t a lot of shade, so use caution bringing the dogs on very hot, sunny days. Otherwise, there’s plenty of water for your pup to stay cool.
The road is paved and in good condition the entire drive. There is one steep section of road just before you reach the trailhead. Be aware that it could be dangerous in icy conditions.
Beartooth Publishing's Big Sky Area covers this whole hike.
There’s room for 15-20 cars at the trailhead, which includes a bit of road parking. It’s tight, arrive at the trailhead early to nab a spot.
There is no bathroom at the trailhead. In fact, it can be hard to find one while you're driving through Big Sky as well. Plan ahead and use the Conoco on your left soon after you turn West on 64.
The national recognition and convenience from Big Sky keeps this trail consistently busy. Start early.
You'll be exposed to the sun on this hike, so dress accordingly. Consider bringing layers for changing conditions at the top.
Footwear: Tennis Shoes OK
There may be a few flies and mosquitoes around, but nothing too bad.
There’s a few brief walks through patches of forest, but most of the hike is through meadow.
You won't have any phone service on this hike.
Definitely possible, but less than ideal. A lack of trees and the popularity of the trail make finding a comfortable tent spot difficult. Additionally, there aren't many trail connection options to extend your trip. If you do stay overnight, work towards the edges of the basin far away from the water and crowds to find some peace.
You'll reach a "T" in the trail about 1.25 miles in. Take a right, then a left to wind up in to Bear Basin.
Overlook Beyond the Lake
Once you reach the lake at the end of the hike, take some time to keep going past it on an obvious trail. You'll find some beautiful views that overlook the lake.