Northeast of Butte and Anaconda, the Discovery Basin Ski Area has over 20 km of backcountry trails for exploring on cross country skis. Also, check out the nearby Lodgepole Ridge Ski Trails (8 km) around Georgetown Lake.
To reach the Discovery Basin trailhead from the east, take US90 to Exit 208 onto Highway 1 west towards Anconda (8 miles). Continue west on Highway 1 for 20 miles to Georgetown Lake. Turn right (north) at the Discovery Ski Area and St. Timothys Chapel signs. Continue north for 4.5 miles to the ski area. Follow signs.
One-Way Trail Distances:
Rumsey Trail #301 - 4km
Jack Pine Trail #302 - 5.6km
Echo Lake Trail #303 - 3.2km
Cable Loop Trail #304 - 1.5km
Powerline Trail #305 - 0.6km
Cabin Trail #306 - 2.7km
Discovery Trail #307 - 1.3km
Cable Campground Trail #309 - 3.7km
Lodgepole Ridge Trail #310 - 6.1km
Campground Trail #312 - 1.0km
Lodgepole Connect Trail #314 - 1.6km
Overall, Discovery Basin is the 7th most popular cross country ski area of all 37 Nordic ski destinations in Montana.