Statistics: 6.5 miles roundtrip, ascent 1200′

Beehive Basin trailhead is about 52 miles south of Bozeman, up Gallatin Canyon and just a few miles from Big Sky Ski Resort. This hike is well worth the drive as it sports beautiful mountain meadows, far-reaching vistas, a mountain lake, and majestic 10,000′ mountain peaks. For the most part, the route to Beehive Basin in a steady uphill climb, rewarding the climbers with a walk downhill on the return. There was plenty to keep our minds off of tired legs as we ascended toward the basin; we were busy enjoying the mountain scenery. A look back revealed impressive Lone Peak in the distance, the centerpiece of Big Sky Ski Resort.

Lone Peak

The trail eased up a bit when we first viewed Beehive Basin and the Spanish Peaks surrounding it.

First view of Beehive Basin

A sign identified this area as the Lee Metcalf Spanish Peaks Wilderness.

Lee Metcalf Wilderness sign

Panda was generally ahead of us, scouting the trail.

Panda

The steepest ascents were just before we reached the basin. It was a welcome sight to see that we were almost there.

arriving at Beehive Basin

The climb was well worth it! The view from the top!

Beehive Basin

Blaze Mountain, Gallatin Peak, and Mount Chipperfield were three of the mountains surrounding the cirque. This lovely meadow and lake were created by glaciers.

Although it was the beginning of September, we were still treated to wildflowers.

mountain asters

We continued on beyond the meadow to gain enough height to take in the view.

view from above Beehive Basin

The lake almost appeared as an “infinity” lake when viewed from the proper perspective.

On the return trip, Lone Peak was very evident.

Lone Peak

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