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Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

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Bay Creek Wilderness Bay Creek Wilderness is located in Pope County. The Wilderness is located adjacent to Burden Falls Wilderness and is in a stone's throw of Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area. Bay Creek Wilderness is comprised of a central hardwood ecosytem with some pine plantations. Contained in the Wilderness is the Bay Creek Wild and Scenic River Study Corridor. Trails for hiking and equestrian use will take you by some indications of past use by people including homestead, fruit trees, cemeteries and abandoned roads.
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Bear Basin Butte Lookout and Pierson Cabin

Find solitude, awe-inspiring views, a quiet haven away from the crowd and the opportunity to feel what it’s like to live in a fire lookout. Experience it all at the top of Bear Basin Butte (elevation 5,303 feet) through the rental of a historic fire lookout and a new 1930s style cabin.

A Room with a View

Take in a panorama of the Siskiyou Crest to the east and rolling mountains to the west. Wisps of clouds and fingers of fog may move among the peaks and valleys, emphasizing the many contours of this striking landscape. Imagine watching a sunrise or sunset, stargazing, or even viewing an approaching storm from this magnificent vantage point! Try your hand at locating named peaks with the Osborne Firefinder, a device used in fire lookout towers.

The Facility and its Story

The lookout was originally built five miles west on French Hill at Camp Six by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.  Part of Forest Service fire detection operations through the 1990s, the lookout was moved in 1997 to Bear Basin Butte for recreational use. The cabin was built at that time.

A Botanical Area

The butte itself sits within the Bear Basin Butte Botanical Area, home to more than 14 species of conifers (cone-bearing trees) and an unusual and beautiful array of wildflowers and plants. All the better to try the Siskiyou Wilderness trailheads three miles from the lookout providing access to Buck Lake, Devil’s Punchbowl, Clear Creek Recreational Trail, and Island Lake. 

Bear Creek #635 The Bear Creek Trail #635 begins at the south end of Pine Street and is on the Town of Telluride’s Bear Creek Preserve and it ends at Bear Creek Falls about 0.2 miles past the intersection with the Wasatch Trail #508.  The trail follows a wide dirt track that heads up hill, climbing through an aspen and mixed conifer forest. After about 0.6 miles the trail enters Bear Creek Canyon and continues south following Bear Creek which is not visible from the trail.  There are spectacular views through openings in the trees of the cliffs and peaks in the surrounding area. At about 2 miles the trail intersects the Wasatch Trail #508. A combination of the Bear Creek Trail and the Wasatch Trail provides several loop routes.
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Bear Pen Spur 1B #124.1B The Bear Pen Spur 1B Trail #124.1B begins at Forest Service Road #500, Love Mesa Road, and ends at an intersection with the Bear Pen Gulch Trail #124. The trail descends into Bear Pen Gulch and heads east along the north side of a stream. After about 0.9 miles, it reaches FSR #500.4A, Bear Pen Gulch Road, and turn south crossing the stream, then heads northeast and crosses the stream again. It continues northeast/east until intersecting the Bear Pen Gulch Trail.
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Beartooth Front This page covers camping and recreation options between Red Lodge Creek, westward to the West Fork of the Stillwater. This area is referred to as the Beartooth Front. Within this area, there are 5 locations that offer most of the options for recreation: Red Lodge Creek area, East Rosebud area, West Rosebud area, Benbow area, and the Stillwater River area.
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Bellota #16 The Bellota trail #15 is part of the Arizona Trail.
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Benbow Area The Benbow area is between the Stillwater River and West Rosebud. It is a popular place to ride OHV's. Please consult the motor vehicle use map (MVUM) to know which roads are legal to drive on. The roads in Benbow are in poor condition and high clearance vehicles are needed. To see a map of the Benbow area hiking trails, click here. Or to see a list of all the Beartooth RD maps, click here.
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Bench Road #647.1  Bench Road is 4.3 miles. It is open to high clearnace vehickles, ohv, motorcycles, horse and foot traffic. Bench Road completes a loop from #601. The road runs parallel just outside the Flat Tops Wilderness.
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