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Trail was very nice. Was very confused at the beginning. There are two trails that start at the same place or something. Not very clear on the actual start of the beauty lake trail. We started off on the only trail we could see and there were no indications on trail names when we got there. We hiked half - quarter mile and looked on all trail and the gps said we were off course. We ended up just cutting across through the trees and using the gps to hook up with the actual Beauty lake trail. Once we got on track it was wonderful. Uphill most of the way. On our way back we stopped at crane lake which is a quarter mile before beauty lake. We enjoyed crane lake more then beauty lake. There is a river crossing at the very beginning of the trail and we took our shoes of and crossed. Water was knee deep I would say. Very cold but lots of fun.

A high snow year made the route to the summit completely snow covered even in late June, but an amazing climb with views well worth the work!

Hiked this 6 July 2017: Excellent hike to the gap. Some small drifts easily bypassed before the gap. Had a
400% snow year so lots of water and snow! One large snowdrift right before the clearing at the gap. Lots of snow past the gap. Lakes frozen or partially thawed. Insect heaven: need nets or lots of repellent.

hiking
20 days ago

This was a great trail with some amazing views of the surrounding table top ranges. The water level was very high so forging the first stream involved getting wet, but the rest of the hike was in good shape. There is still snow in the pass and it is very wet up top so it is a little difficult to navigate the whole top prairie area. It seems very lightly traveled and very serene.

Fantastic views. Easy hike over dirt road. Very secluded in late June. Road still not open to auto traffic, but great for a hike! Be careful in grizzly country - some "remnants" apparent along the trail.

Hard to truly rate this trail fairly as the trail was completely obscured by snow. Beautiful scenery. We had hoped for more and were prepared to hike in the snow, but simply couldn't cross the creek, which had turned into a raging river due to snow melt. Attempted hike in the last week of June.

backpacking
1 month ago

Our 2005 backpack trip spent 2 nights along Frontier Creek. In a camp at the edge of a meadow, we hung our food and gear and fished for wild cutthroat trout. We hiked a day trip to Cougar Pass and overlooked the Thoroughfare and South Fork of Shoshone river. Elk, bighorn sheep in the highest country, and juncos nesting near camp. Other hikers passed by - a through hiker from Brooks Lake and a couple in their 70's with llamas who wore bear bells. This area has burned since we hiked it and may have changed.

backpacking
1 month ago

We loved this adventure in 2007. 27 switchbacks as you begin. We camped at 10000' and fished three lakes: Hidden Lake, Upper Ross and Lower Ross.  5 lb rainbows in Lower Ross. Walk over granite batholiths to Upper Ross for robust Cutts and snakey Cutts at Hidden Lake below. We camped alone but our trip followed a rambunctious and poorly supervised Boy scout troop who had damaged the thin and ancient white bark pines by rolling glacial erratics from the tops of the batholiths... ☹️ great hike. We even found wild blueberries. Beautiful!

We hiked this trail in 2006. In 3 nights of backpacking and internal day hikes, we never saw another hiker, nor tracks of human hikers. Plenty of bear tracks however! What a wild and beautiful place. Bring bear spray and hang your food and cooking gear high and away from your camp. Marvelous.

on Middle Fork Trail

4 months ago

Great trail for families and waterfall fans.

scenic driving
4 months ago

This is not a hike, it is a road. It is a dirt road though. This is one of the most beautiful roads I have ever been on. I recommend this road to anyone visiting the beartooths. I cannot stress that enough. The view is breathtaking

Nice fun little hike took my wife and kid who was almost three at the time in with me

Easy hike, plenty to look at. Friendly people all along the trail. Only open when the Beartooth Pass is open. We camped at Island Lake Campground multiple times over the summer and loved it.

hiking
9 months ago

Marked down because it starts in a horse pasture which can be very dusty or muddy. The mud was so thick it clung to our boots making us turn back before the lake. Brooks Lake is gorgeous, however.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely a hard trail. We attempt to summit but did not make the top. We were camping further from the base of the mountain than we had anticipated. On the mountain one of the snow bridges collapsed while we were there it was definitely a bit late to summit. Part of the trail was washed out by glacial melt. But by far one of the best backpacking trips I have done. Bear spray and bug spray highly recommended. Mosquitoes and horse flies were thick. Saw about 25 people around the base of the mountain maybe 3 on the glacial trail leading to Gannett.