Hellroaring Plateau Trail is a 18.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Red Lodge, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

Length18.2 miElevation gain3,753 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingFishingHikingWalkingForestLakeRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeSnow
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Jonathan Bauwens
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HikingRocky

A primitive road to the top of the plateau. Pickups can make the trip but ATV’s would make things way easier. Amazing views from the switchbacks as well as across the plateau. The hike across the top isn’t terrible either, my 3 year old son was with me and was a little trooper as he was able. Visibility is presently limited due to fires.

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Jared Alvarez
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Hiking

Lots of rocks on road, we stopped driving a little over a mile up and where we found a cairn!

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Andy Beach
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A great ride with amazing views. The roughest part is the beginning, but worth it.

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Kyle Johnson
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grown

Drive up to the top of you have 4x4 and clearance. as that will shave quite a few miles off. the views from the top were spectacular and you can just about hike off trail all over the ridges to get a view of a handful of lakes.

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Pam Berry
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Hiking

We love this area! We took the 4-wheeler to the top and hiked from there. We did veer from the trail to climb down to the lakes (which made the hike a bit tougher coming back up). There’s still snow in mid-July and lots of runoff coming down.

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Jc Dover
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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.

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

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Rogene Maya
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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!!!!

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Jim Slack
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Camping

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.

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Joshua Sizemore
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Hiking

Great Hike. But BEWARE the road up to the plateau is more then just rugged. Its terrible and kinda scary. Basically you are driving on boulders and rocks the whole way up. If you don't have a truck or an SUV do not even try. Took my pup and we spent a few hours up top roaming around. Its quite windy so we would take cover behind boulders every once in a while to take a drink of water and take in the beautiful scenery. Its pretty high and very fun. Less of a trail more of a expanse of area to explore.

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Ali Sapa
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Hiking

Awesome hike. Beautiful and peaceful. The few times I've been here there's hardly anyone around. And it's worth hiking up to the upper basin lake - much much better fishing.

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Mike Jacobson
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Hiking

Amazing trail and views.

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Matt Bowen
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First to Review

The Beartooth Wilderness has many hiking and backpacking opportunities. The Hellroaring Plateau is a great starting point. Bring bear spray and a bearproof container for food. Be prepared for weather. I don't agree with it being accessible from May to October though. More like July to September. Great view and great fishing. At some of the alpine lakes I caught 50+ fish in just a couple hours. Watch for bears though.

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Michelle Johnson
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The Wandering Cuban (Nathanael Herrera)
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Dustyn Padderud
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Tim R
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Maximilian de Kunffy
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Brandon Pearce
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Hiking
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Jason Frank
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Colette James
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Eryn Lansverk
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Candice Otrembiak
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M Ste
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Mason Mastel
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David Kelly
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