Livingston Peak is towers to the south over the town of Livingston, Montana and is the back drop of the town. It is a straightforward hike/climb and though there are some steep sections, is a good outting for fairly fit groups of all experience levels. You will need water, good footware, maybe a light wind/rain jacket, lunch/snacks and a good attatude.
Summit shot looking SouthEast
There are several places to start, you can come in from Suce creek on the Suce/Mission creek trail (Baldy Basin) or from Mission creek behind the 63 ranch (also the trailhead for Elephant head, which is also a good climb) but the most common access is by going up Swingly road. Swingley takes off to the south from Park Street east of town (between the Yellowstone River and the East exit for Livingston off of I-90). Go south/east two or three miles then turn left where a forest service sign says Livingston Peak. In about a mile or so you turn left again and work your way back up and to the south to the trail head. Rough road, takes maybe 40 minutes from town. At the trailhead there is a sign, you hike along an old road to a right turn (maybe 3/8 mile) marked with a sign saying simply "Trail" then shortly run into the Suce/Mission creek trail. There will be a sign that says "Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area". Here turn left (East) and hike a few miles to the saddle.
From the Saddle you turn straight south, the trail is steeper for the last 1,000' vertical to the summit.
The roundtrip is about 7 miles, with about 3,000' vertical. It might take you 3 hours in and two out, but remember about 1/12 hours driving time from Livingston and back and the road is rough. This would be a tough climb is it is wet or icy.
No restrictions in the National Forest.
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