Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Absolutely gorgeous trail. The first 7 or so miles to Horseshoe Lake are a difficult, steady climb with lots of switchbacks and beautiful wildflowers. Its early July and still snow-covered near the top, but we were able to go over the top without too much post-holing. Horseshoe Lake to Rainbow Lakes was easy and flanked by streams, unnamed lakes, waterfalls, wildflowers, and pink snow. Camped at Rainbow Lake and then completed the loop around Lake Plateau back to Horseshoe to camp the second night. Easily hiked 7 miles out the next day in a couple hours as it was almost all downhill. Quite rocky until Horseshoe and then muddy and wet from Horseshoe through Lake Plateau. Several creek crossings and the water is high and fast! Our actual mileage was closer to 30 when all was said and done. Quintessential Montana hiking and camping—highly recommended!

This is my favorite trail but the incline is grueling. Takes me about 1:45 to get to the top. I just hiked it yesterday and I think I’m good for the rest of the summer.

Great hike. Sign says 7 Miles to lake.

This is one of the better hikes I've been on. The views are stunning and well worth hiking the steep incline. Once you hit the plateau, you don't want to leave!

Snowline was around 8k feet.
(Side note: I wasn't able to record my entire hike; my phone battery went dead)

hiking
9 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).

hiking
10 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.

10 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.

10 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

11 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.

11 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!

backpacking
11 months ago

We basecamped at Lady Lake and spent one of four days at Lower Aero lake. Was on my bucket list and I was not disappointed although did not catch any fish at this giant moon-base lake. The last mile is more of a rock hopping climb and is very steep. Mountain goats spied on us from fairly close. Memorable and lovely.

11 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

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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.

scenic driving
Friday, July 07, 2017

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.

Monday, July 03, 2017

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.

scenic driving
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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

Amazing, expansive views

scenic driving
Monday, May 29, 2017

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

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

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..

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Ticks were plentiful. Hiked until I hit snow.

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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

hiking
Friday, March 24, 2017

Very scenic trail with waterfalls & mountains.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Incredible!

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

the most beautiful drive in North America

hiking
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.

scenic driving
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.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

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!

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