This trail gets little use given its proximity to Livingston and is a hidden gem. The trail skirts through mixed conifers and follows Suce Creek, then Lost Creek. Every season is special along Suce Creek; in the summer the creek provides a cool respite; in autumn, red and orange leaves cover the trail; winter brings conifer boughs balancing snow; and with the arrival of spring the wildflowers pop and bloom in the meadows and other sunny spots.
Plus it’s a trail near Yellowstone and a nice spot to stretch your legs on your way to the National Park.
How To Hike Suce Creek
From the Suce Creek Trailhead
Leaving the trailhead parking area, walk south through an open meadow to a gate. After passing through the gate, the trail enters forest. Soon after, a trail sign points to West Baldy Basin, straight ahead (and North Fork Deep Creek behind you and to the right). Continue straight ahead and begin the decent to a creek crossing.
Cross the creek (a tributary of Suce Creek) on the bridge and turn right, following an old road. Suce Creek is to the left. Head up the gently ascending valley.
Tip: I like to hike this trail in my water sandals so I can cool off at each creek crossing.
Know Before You Go
Distance: 5 miles round trip (maybe 6 if you do the new loop)
Elevation Gain: 1090 feet
Maps: Beartooth Publishing, Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness or National Geographic, Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness West, USGS Livingston Peak, and Brisbin
Getting There: From Livingston, head south on Highway 89 for 3 miles. Turn left on East River Road and continue another 2.7 miles. Turn left again, on Suce Creek Rd, marked by a street sign as well as a brown National Forest sign. Follow the dirt and gravel road 1.5 miles to another Forest Service access sign and turn right. Drive 1.5 miles to the trailhead.
Read about this trail and many others in Robert Stone’s Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana.
Share your report when you hike Suce Creek (in the comments!).