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backpacking
1 day ago

Beautiful. Very hard backpacking trip. Loved it! Recommend to everyone.

Absolutely the most scenic drive in all of America. You must drive it both directions ... then hike the trails.

backpacking
15 days ago

Climbed Granite Peak via Lady of the Lakes, Aero Lake. Camped above Sky Top Lakes. Beautiful on the way up. Gorgeous lakes and rivers.

Isn't maintained and expect a lot of water! Good hike, lots of fun.

Great trail - but the mosquitos were absolutely horrendous 7/14/18.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike. I would guess based on three distance trackers this is more between 5.5-6 miles. There are two steep dissents and climbs back out. We had a great time fishing as well. But take a lot of bug spray with you. The mosquitos about carried us off.

This is definitely a 5 star drive. Another one of the many incredibly scenic drives this country has to offer. It has been a long time since I have been on this road, but remember it well even though I was barely a teenager. Starting in Cooke City, we drove from there to Red Lodge in late June. There was still a ton of snow at Beartooth pass, which sits at 10,947'. Lots of switchbacks going up, and then down the other side. We stayed in Red Lodge that night and were told the next morning that it had snowed at the pass the previous night!! The views are what you would expect when climbing that high. So the drive starts in Montana from either direction, crosses into Wyoming and then back into Montana. Coming from Red Lodge, this would be the NE entrance to Yellowstone. This drive is just outside the park. It's known as the Beartooth Scenic Byway. Put it on the list if you haven't been to this part of the country!!

backpacking
7 months ago

We left "The Dead Indian Creek Trail", and stayed overnight in Cooke City. We then started on the Cooke City side. Parking was plenty. There is zero parking cost, part they are not responsible for any damage or theft to your vehicle. There is a picnic area here, along with a toilet. Beautiful waterfall, and neat history if you just wanted to see a roadside stop. We backpacked to Rock Island lake. Our campground was gorgeous, along with the view. It was not a bad jaunt, if you are looking for a quick place for experience. We had a huge moose walk passed our hammocks at about 3:00 a.m. The stomps were amazing, on top of waking up scared as hell knowing there was that huge animal passing by. We woke up to see him still in the lake splashing. Simply Amazing. I would love to come back and actually do the trail itself. We were told we were making a mistake going this time of year because mosquitos just hatched. THEY WERE NOT LYING. Being from Minnesota, we thought we were used to them. They were unbelievable, although with the proper clothing, never really were bitten. We were also told we would hit a lot of snow....we had a few patches but nothing to really even walk on.

backpacking
Monday, July 24, 2017

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.

fishing
Monday, February 01, 2016

I have both hiked and horseback ridden this trail. Rock Island has great fishing and is also a great spot to see pikas! Along Kersey meadow a new bridge was put in two years ago making crossing even better now. Really beautiful views of Kersey lake, Rock Island lake, and the river at the trail head on this hike. Perfect day trip for fishing if you get an early start. Skyline Guest Ranch does a straight ride there and back and a fishing trip up to Rock Island.

Good fishing and views

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Good place for fisherman and climbers

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Trail was easy until the last mile where most of the elevation is gained. great place for skiers, fisherman, and climbers/peak baggers

hiking
26 days ago