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Best trails in Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness ranging from 4.6 to 83.1 miles and from 5,308 to 10,318 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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#1 - Glacier Lake
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
#2 - Granite Peak Trail
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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Length: 19.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
The highpoint of Montana over an amazing climb. This 12,799 located in the Beartooth Mountain Range of Montana in the Rockies is one of the harder state highpoints to get due to the distance technical challenge of the last 200 feet of the summit block. When you get up there it will look impossible but if you can make it across the snow bridge safely there is a route you can scramble up to the summit. Some will want to bring a rope though with some protection so they can rappel down from the top. This is a wonderful two day climb through beautiful alpine lakes with lots of mountain goats to see along the way.Show more
#3 - Hellroaring Plateau Trail
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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Length: 18.2 mi • Est. 9 h 52 m
#4 - Quinnebaugh Meadows and Sundance Lake via West Fork of Rock Creek Trail
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 6 h 37 m
#5 - West Fork to Lake Mary
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 6 h 17 m
Hike out from the West Fork parking lot, proceeding through about 1.5 miles of burn from forest fire, before entering a wooded area. After about 4 miles, you will reach Quinnebaugh meadows and should begin looking to the right for the turn-off to Lake Mary. The final stretch is a climb for just over a mile, ending at a beautiful secluded mountain lake.Show more
#6 - Lake Plateau Trail
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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Length: 24.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
#7 - Beartrack Trail to Silver Run Plateau
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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Length: 18.2 mi • Est. 10 h 21 m
#8 - Blue Lake to Monument Peak
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
Monument Peak is a rocky, exposed mountain above Blue Lake. The hike is relatively short but very strenuous, and can be slightly unnerving due to exposed ridges.Show more
#9 - North Fork Deep Creek Trail to Elephanthead Mountain
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 7 h 7 m
#10 - Elephant Head Peak Trail
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 5 h 42 m
Incredible veiws the whole way. Prime time hiking here! Show more
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