The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness was created in 1975 and is located in Montana and Wyoming. The wilderness is located within the bounds of three National Forests, the Gallatin, Custer and Shoshone and is composed of 944,000 acres (3,800 km²). The primary geographic features of the Wilderness Area are the Beartooth and Absaroka mountain ranges. The highest mountain peak in the state of Montana, Granite Peak (12,799 ft/3,900 m) is located within the bounds of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and is considered by many to be the hardest of all the fifty state high points to reach. The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness is an integral part of the 20 million acre (81,000 km²) Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Outstanding! This is a climb but well worth it. the last half mile is breathtaking. The lake view is outstanding. There just isn't anything I didn't like other than the road to get to it. There was snow and a little ice about half way up the trail but not enough to need snow shoes this time.
Fantastic hike! Didn't see a lot of wildlife, but it didn't matter--the views were amazing and the lakes at the end were definitely worth the climb. I would say this is on the strenuous side of moderate due to the altitude (I definitely struggled, but I'm a new transplant to the area and maybe am just not used to it yet), but it's pretty short and the switchbacks are relatively low grade and well-maintained. If you have knee problems I would definitely recommend hiking poles--we forgot ours and regretted it on the way down. We brought our medium-size dog along and she loved it, and we saw 3-4 other groups with dogs of varying sizes along the way, all very well-behaved. Took us a total of about 3 hours, including lots of stops and a good amount of time exploring up top. I'll echo what others have said about the road out to the trailhead--do not attempt unless you have AWD and good clearance! It was a great adventure, and we will definitely be back.
Party of 5 hiked early August. Weather forecast showed showers at 2:00pm... We found them around 10:00am. Light to moderate showers to the lake & back made parts of the trail slippery, but the scenery was still gorgeous. Well traveled trail, and we passed several people with medium sized dogs. The "primitive road" to the trail requires a sturdy vehicle (read truck or suv), don't try to drive a car up there.
this was or first hike using this app. really wish we had printed off the map. we went off the description and got a bit lost. lol but found our way back to the trail. it is a stunning hike with trees rivers and a great incline.... so it's a little bit of a hike. I wouldn't take novice children on this hike. we hit snow so we will be going back to finish this hike later this spring or early summer!!!!
My son and I went up for a Saturday/Sunday overnight. We hiked around, caught some trout in Snowbank Lake, and stayed the night. Didn't see another living soul until Sunday afternoon. It was late September, so the nights were cold. The "road" is more like a wide trail and very rough, don't even try it without a full size truck or SUV.
Beautiful. But we went in late May and there was still a ton of snow cover. Couldn't make it all the way to the lake. But it was a very pretty hike and not very difficult.
Word of caution. The road into the trailhead is more than just primitive. It's damn rough and you need a high clearance car. It was an adventure.
Great Hike. But BEWARE the road up to the plateau is more then just rugged. Its terrible and kinda scary. Basically you are driving on boulders and rocks the whole way up. If you don't have a truck or an SUV do not even try.
Took my pup and we spent a few hours up top roaming around. Its quite windy so we would take cover behind boulders every once in a while to take a drink of water and take in the beautiful scenery. Its pretty high and very fun. Less of a trail more of a expanse of area to explore.
Despite the very rocky 7mi unpaved road to the trailhead, this hike provides everything a day hike should. The elevation gain from the parking lot is about 1100ft, putting you at over 10k feet elevation. The trail is fairly steep, but very well marked with beautiful wildflowers & waterfalls. Once towards the top, you will find areas that will still have snow & an ice cold lake to fish, have a picnic or take a dip in. It was well worth the effort to get to there! Dog friendly trail too.