Pine Creek Lake Trail

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 Pine Creek Lake

Length: 10 miles 

Duration: 6 hours

Difficulty: Difficult

Elevation Gain: 3,400 feet 

Activities: Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing 

Traffic: Moderate

Pine Creek Lake is a pristine alpine lake set in a huge glacial cirque on the north slope of Mount Black. The trail is well-defined and meanders through forest en route to the base of Pine Creek Falls. Past the falls, the trail becomes steep and strenuous, continuing past a series of waterfalls and smaller lakes before reaching Pine Creek Lake, where great views and a well-earned rest await. If you're feeling frisky, head on up to Black Mountain for incredible views of Paradise Valley and the Beartooth Plateau. 

From Livingston, drive south on Hwy. 89. Turn left on Pine Creek Rd., then turn right on East River Rd. After a few miles, turn left on Luccock Park Rd., where a sign is posted for the Pine Creek Campground.

For a map of this trail, click here. Map courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana.

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