Explore the most popular fishing trails in Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

7 months ago

Fantastic hike with beautiful views. We did it after a large snowfall, so it was a bit tougher as the snow was knee deep in some places, but the views are worth it. Definitely a trail to do again in the spring/summer. Make sure you take bear spray; lots of obviously bear activity in the area (tracks, scratches, & heard one growl thankfully up the mountain a bit).

8 months ago

This is an amazing hike. They rate it Moderate, but I would lean toward Strenuous because of the high elevation and up hill trek. The distance is about 5 miles round trip, but it is all up hill through craggy terrain. Every switchback has a different, breathtaking view with flourishing flora, pine trees, waterfalls, wild huckleberries, blueberries and raspberries galore. Take lots of water. There are big cuttys in the lake! Don't forget your fly rod.

8 months ago

The "road" is a joke. Basically just a continuous bed of rocks you drive over. We've been on many rough roads before but this takes the cake. Had to turn back. We have a 4wd vehicle, it was just too much of an unpleasant experience.

8 months ago

Great views and the wildflowers were amazing!! Little rough getting up but then you get downhill most the way back! Defiantly wanna try going to the lake beyond next time. Tried a little fishing but no takers

9 months ago

loved it!

Two year ago my friends and I rode motorcycles up through Yellowstone then up over the Beartooth Highway. I had a black bear run against the road in front of me. Pretty exciting time. I look forward to the end of August when I'll be doing it again, but in a car this time. Sharing this beautiful scenery with my wife.

9 months ago

The last four miles of the road getting there is pretty rough. Not a lot of trees. It's out of red Lodge!

10 months ago

Beautiful trail, the last 4 miles of the road to get there is quite rough, but that part can be walked or biked

10 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views throughout. The lake is worth the hike and provides breathtaking views. The water is cool and crystal clear. A must do if you are in the area.

Great hike! I hiked in from the bottom and went to shelf lake. It's a rough road but I saw a Subaru up there so it's doable. That shaves off about 12 miles RT.

Quite possibly the most beautiful drive in America. Breathtaking views, lots of wildlife. There are multiple camp sites and trails along the way. Most of the drive is in bear country, so make sure you come prepared if you decide to go off on foot.

10 months ago

Well made trail rises uniformly from parking area, and passes through steep boulder stewn Alpine slopes with sparse new tree growth. Near the top there is still a lot of snow and it obscures the trail. The road in would be hard without high clearance vehicle. Well worth the effort.

This is a dramatic and breathtaking route but don't carry on in to Yellowstone. Instead take the beautiful Chief Joseph highway to Cody to complete a perfect day's driving

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Very scenic trail with waterfalls & mountains.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

the most beautiful drive in North America

Monday, November 14, 2016

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.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

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.

Monday, August 29, 2016

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.

Monday, August 08, 2016

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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Out and back with two families in mid June. 7 and 9 yr old daughters did it. Tough at times but great views.

Monday, April 11, 2016

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!!!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

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.

We walked about 2 miles after the road closed. The views are amazing but the wind! Hold onto your hat! It was plowed so it was easy. We didn't see any wildlife or tracks. December 13, 2015. It's really nice that you can walk as far as you'd like and still not be at the end.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hike is moderately strenuous but short. Great lake for fishing and even better base camp to access several other lakes.

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Unquestionably within the top 10 most beautiful drives in the country! Take my word! You will not be disappointed! August 27th in 2014 is when I did it, and it was snowing at the top! It made national news! Pretty incredible!

scenic driving
Thursday, July 16, 2015

The most amazing scenic drives I ever experienced

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