Near Moore MT - This is a free campsite at the bend in the road on the way to Crystal Lake alongside Rock Creek. A USFS officer came by after we set up and said it was the best spot for a campsite. Crystal Lake is beautiful and offers hiking and camping but the trees in the campground were diseased and dying so they had to completely strip the campground of any significant trees. I’m sure after cleanup it will still be a nice place to camp but we were already established at our campsite when it reopened. We made the happy discovery later that there were trailheads and a bathroom in the parking area across the road. There is hiking, horseback riding and fishing in the area, as well as a hike in to an ice cave from the Crystal Lake Campground. You can either hike 5 miles from the trailhead to Crystal Lake for fun or drive the paved road for an easier day. It is a relaxing or active area depending on your flavor. There are a couple of rock fire pits where we camped and if you explore the area you will find others. The Crystal Lake road leads into the Big Snowy Mountains and is an amazing drive. Have fun and be safe...carry bear spray in this area. There is significant traffic back and forth on the roadway by the campsite we used but you are set back in so we hardly noticed it.
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