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South Bench is located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the largest of the national forests in Montana, covering 3.35 million acres. This trail is less than an hour's drive from Ennis or West Yellowstone and just under 2 hours from Big Sky Montana. The road is a little overgrown, with only glimpses of the towering mountains in the distance and a very secluded campsite at the trail's end. Tall green grass covers the ground with wildflowers and butterflies through August. A flat half-mile hike from Waypoint 2 is a cliff overlooking Hidden, Goose, and Otter Lakes. South Bench trail is for anyone looking for a secluded campsite surrounded by tall, dense trees, offering an excellent windbreak as the wind in the trees whispers everyone to sleep.
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