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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.

Drove opening day on Memorial day Weekend. Did skiing in top

Hiked 5/22/17 snow still cover the trail.

Great Day ride.. trail can be rough at times... bring something with good suspension if you want to ride to the top..

Ticks were plentiful. Hiked until I hit snow.

Nice start snow makes it impassable at 8200 feet about 3.4 miles in from trail start this was April 20

Very scenic trail with waterfalls & mountains.


the most beautiful drive in North America

7 months ago

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.

This is one of the best driving routes in America. The views change throughout the drive. There's a waterfall, many many lakes, and you can drive to a higher elevation than you've ever driven before. We've driven the route many times over the summer to get to Yellowstone and it is hands down, the best entrance there is. there are many trails off the highway that you can do day hikes or camp. On one occasion we saw a young grizzly near the road.

9 months ago

It's not so steep that you're on your hands, but it's a constant incline once you hit the switchbacks about 1/4 way in. Super fun, minimal traffic, and terrific views. My dog loves this trail too!

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Even in the rain and wind this was an amazing hike! 2.5 hours round trip including time at lake and several stops for photos.

11 months ago

It's a steep climb but it has great views!!