Woodbine Falls- Beartooth Mountains
Woodbine Falls is a fun hike for everyone! Its short length, low elevation gain, and well engineered trail all help to make this one of the most popular day hikes for small kids, elderly, and beginner hikers. At .8 miles one way (1.6 miles out and back) and an elevation gain of only a couple hundred feet, it’s easy to see why this hike is so popular. This hike is also rare in that it is relatively low (5,300 feet), so it is clear of snow early in the year. Because of this, you can usually enjoy this trail from May until November.
Heading out of the parking lot for the campground, the trail immediately enters forest, and rarely leaves it on this trail. The trail is nicely maintained, and enters the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness almost immediately. There is a sturdy bridge along the trail that is well built- no wet feet on this trail! After the end of the trail, you are presented with a nice rock outcrop that was built so that viewers can get a good look at the falls. If you have the energy, I recommend the scramble up the hill, as it provides a better view of the falls. There is, of course, no fishing or camping allowed on this trail. This trail is also very sensitive to overuse (because of the popularity of this trail), so please help keep this area beautiful by picking up any trash that you see around. This hike is one of my personal favorites, and it’s over in a hurry. If you are looking for another hike nearby, Sioux Charlie Lake is an excellent choice, which is just a few miles down the road.
Pictures of Woodbine Falls, and the Trail
Directions to the Trailhead
From Absarokee, turn on highway 419 towards Nye. Continue on this road past Nye, and the forest boundary. Past the Stillwater Mine, you will see the Woodbine Campground on the left. Turn left here, drive through the campground, and park on the west side of the campground, at the signed lot. Be sure to drive slow here, so that you don’t disturb any campers!