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Top Hikes near Cooke City, MT

If you are planning a trip to Yellowstone, it goes without saying that you love the outdoors. There are few other ways to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the park than hiking through it. You'll find caves, forest panoramas, and intricately-created geological formations that you can't find anywhere else.

Though Anglers Lodge is only open in the winter, you don't have to stop adventuring as the snow falls. If you strap on snowshoes, you can have an exceptionally unique hiking experience. The quiet, serene mountain terrain coated in white is something to behold.

Are you a brave explorer? It's time to find out.


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How to Prepare for a Hike

Cooke City is a remote area. If something were to happen when you were on the trail, it might take a while before someone found out. This isn't meant to keep you from hiking the mountains, but to warn you about the dangers of being ill-prepared.

In the summer, you're going to want to bring mosquito repellent, sunscreen, good hiking boots, and plenty of water. Older explorers may want to bring a walking stick to help support them on some of the more difficult treks. You should expect some shade from the trees, but aside from that you should bring some method of cooling off.

In the winter, you should bring plenty of warm clothes, heat packets, and snowshoes. Breathable materials are incredibly important, as getting too warm can cause you to sweat, which can be bad news in the wilds of Wyoming and Montana. Don't forget the importance of drinking water, even in the cold!

Some items are smart to bring no matter the season. For example, you should always carry a knife with you. A basic first aid kit (as well as first aid knowledge) can go a long way. Firestarters can be important in dire circumstances. Hopefully you won't have to use this stuff, but it can go a long way.


Top Hikes of Cooke City, MT

Now to move onto the hikes. While the distances vary quite significantly, we have ordered them by their compass location from Cooke City. No matter if you're a wilderness master or a hiking newbie, you'll find a trail you can walk on.
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North

Bridge Lake
13.8 miles
Starting off with a real trailblazer here, Bridge Lake trail is a hard path. Not too many people see this lake, but if you walk the full distance, it's worth it.


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West

Bannock Ski Trail
4.8 miles
Winter only
This traditionally cross country ski trail is also used for snowshoeing. It can be a lot of fun and you'll see people of every skill level here.

Beehive Basin Trail
7.1 miles
This trail leads up to Big Sky, MT. It can be a great stop trail to start your trip.

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone Trail
20.1 miles
Summer only
One of the longer trails, it starts in Custer Gallatin National Forest and carries through parts of Yellowstone. It's moderately difficult.


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East

Clay Butte Fire Lookout
5.2 miles
Offers one of the best views near Cooke City. You'll be able to see 360 degrees around you. Gorgeous!

Glacier Lake Trail
3.1 miles
Perhaps the easiest hike surrounding Cooke City. You'll have a chance to end at a beautiful lake. It's perfect for young families.


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South

Pebble Creek Trail
11.8 miles
A decent hike that takes you near the green parts of Yellowstone. You'll walk along Pebble Creek and maybe see some wildlife!

You are now prepared to hike near Cooke City and in Yellowstone! Go wherever the wind seems to take you.

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