West Yellowstone, MT
A popular trip into the southern Madison Range into a high-altitude, lake-filled basin. You can camp anywhere in Hilgard Basin, and there are dozens of wonderful campsites. They aren’t officially designated but have become established through heavy use. Make sure you set up a zero-impact camp to preserve the scenic beauty for the next backpacker to follow your steps. Plan on using your ackpacking stove, leaving the area’s scarce wood supply intact. Recently Hilgard Basin has become increasingly popular, and with greater use, increased regulation usually follows. Camping is not allowed within 200 feet of the trail. Hilgard Basin is among the most fragile of hiking areas, so take every precaution to leave zero impact. For peak baggers the basin acts as a base for several climbs, with 11,214-foot Echo Peak being the most popular and an easy scramble. Also in the vicinity is 11,316-foot Hilgard Peak, which is the highest and most technical peak in the Madison Range and only for more experienced climbers.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||West Yellowstone|
|Elevation Gain||2,700 ft|
|Duration||Base camp backpack trip; out-and-back|
|Season||July through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||7,000 ft|
|Top Elevation||9,700 ft|
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