|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – January 2014
Kick back at one of these campsites—where nothing but an idyllic, high-country pool separates you from the Rockies skyline.
It’s a lake-lover’s paradise: Set up camp beside these cerulean, trout-rich pools, and explore a half-dozen others from your waterfront property on this 16-mile out-and-back. On Trail #407, walk 4 easy miles through cream-colored bear grass and crimson Indian paintbrush (blooms peak late in summer), looking out for grizzlies feasting on cow parsnip. Turn west onto Trail #411 and continue 4 miles to the rocky banks of Lower Spanish Lake. “Pitch a tent off the eastern shore, angled west to catch the sunrise turning the jagged cirque hot pink,” says Amanda Cram. Keep an eye out for mountain goats on slabs above and eagles and hawks fishing in the lake.
Trailhead 45.415000, -111.417000; 29 miles southwest of Bozeman off Jack Creek Rd. INFO (406) 683-8020; Website