The Horse Butte trail is an excellent
ride for novice
snowmobilers and is about a twenty mile loop that takes you along
the northern edge of the Madison Arm and Horse Butte on Hebgen
Lake. Hebgen Lake is considered by fly fisherman to be the finest
dry fly fishing lake in North America and during the winter ice
fisherman love to spend the winter filling their freezers.
This is a great tour to consider
to get away from the crowds and enjoy the smooth ride after a
day of riding in the park. This trail is also a good choice if
the weather prohibits you from going to the higher more popular
destinations. This ride gives you the complete view of Hebgen
Lake, Lionhead and Twotop Mountain. Be sure to avoid riding on
or near thin ice. Even though sleds can be recovered, you won't.
At the top of Horse Butte is a
firetower maintained by the forest service during the summer.
One note of caution, if there is high winds or wind drifts as
your heading up Horse butte, do not go further, turn around and
head back and enjoy the rest of the loop back along Cougar Creek.