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June 23rd, A friend of mine and I decided to try this trail out. After parking (which was easy), we started our backpacking trip. It was a steep climb for the first half mile or better then it tapers off to a up and down, but nothing to extreme for elevations. We had hardly no mosquitos or any insects really until the evening. Even then, they were not bad. Luckily the forest cleaning crew left there the previous week. I would recommend maybe waiting another week, because we were lucky as far as trails, snow, were concerned. To gather water for drinking is about 2 miles in. Until then, it is in a deep crevasse. We used our Hammocks this trip, and it was perfect. We did not see any bears, but there was bear signs, that they were around. It is Grizzly area, so be smart. We only made it about 5 miles in, and we decided to turn back because the water was too fast for our comfort to cross, knowing that we had 50 pound packs on, and deep enough in to be "in trouble". After we left we made way north, and did a few miles of "The Beaten Path". I would like to come back to this trail and make it to the end and back. Highly recommend for a beginner trail. trail is pretty easy to navigate also.

hiking
3 months ago

This is more of a road than a trail, but a very rough one. In good weather it took us over an hour from start to finish in a truck. It would be almost as fast to hike it. The road technically terminates at Moon Lake, but the last 150ft are very steep down to the bank. There's several camp sites once you get to the lake. 2-3 right down by the water, and several more up top before the road drop. We took a canoe out on the lake, but didn't see any fish.

I'd say this is a pretty good hike. Great views and great pay off at the end if you're camping. As I said, it's actually a road, but I would advise heavily against going on it unless you're into that sort of thing.

Easy hike. Family friendly. Beautiful vistas and lakes. We started here and hiked to Beauty lake, the number of hikers thins out after night lake. At 9500 feet but flat hike so altitude not an issue. Good lake for kayaking/paddle boarding. Crystal clear water.
Campground nearby makes this a busy and popular place.

Nice place, easy to find, easy trail, nice lakes... but just kind of bla in my opinion. great for beginners or families but if your looking for wow this place just doesn't have it... I really enjoyed the drive, beartooth pass saved the whole trip for me. overall good just not great :-) oh and "beauty" lake, kind of had my hopes up with the name... and honestly I was a little disappointed, loved all the different kinds of mushrooms though very neat

backpacking
5 months ago

Beautiful basin to camp in, and a well maintained trail.

I followed the directions to the trailhead from this app. It takes you to a small parking area with a dirt road leading from it. No trail sign at all except for a real small one in the corner of the bulletin board mentioning Fall River. We walked up the dirt road for about a mile and it splits into two dirt roads. We took the right one as that lined up with the trail map in this app. It goes for a total of 3 miles from the parking lot and then dead ends. Maybe we should have went left at the fork. Only thing we saw was a bunch of cows close to the road.

hiking
6 months ago

Was on a time limit, so unfortunately was about a mile short of the lake. But even though the beginning was a brutal sequence of switchbacks, it offered stunning views the whole way through. The trail is also incredibly well maintained and didn't have a single problem the whole way through.

fishing
6 months ago

Me and few of my friends went here for a big, week long, summer fishing trip and I was very pleased with the beauty of the area. The hike in is easy at first, slight incline and very beautiful, but as you keep going you start to go up a canyon and it becomes quite a hard hike especially if you are backpacking it. Then the glorious pass comes marking the end of your steep climb with a killer view. After that its a bit up and down with another steep part to the first lake but once you see the view into the basin its all worth it. The fishing was really good, got lots of bites and fish they are all just very small and not much to eat. After a couple of days of fishing we hiked to the ridge which was a stunning view at about 11,800 feet. We got a constant storm every day at around 5 pm so watch out for those. wonderful area, lots of views and lakes and nice pine smells.

backpacking
7 months ago

Moderately difficult hike up to the first lake, plan on a short river crossing within the first mile. Beautiful meadows and views of nearby snow capped peaks and year-round glaciers as you advance on the trail. If fishing, don't expect any trophy fish. Plan on abundant 8-14 inch rainbow trout in the lower lakes. Upper lakes are mostly barren, with the best fish found in the large lake with high boulder fields to the south-west of the initial lake. Prepare for heavy mosquitos in the morning and evening with plenty of bug spray and netting. Definitely one of the most scenic areas of the winds I have ever been. Beautiful glacier-carved cliffs and partially frozen lakes made for an incredibly unique week of backpacking.

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.

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
8 months 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
8 months 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

11 months ago

Great trail for families and waterfall fans.

scenic driving
11 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

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