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Great hike with never-ending lakes. Been up here many times! Watch for bears late in the season... I’ve seen a sow and two cubs from a distance in late August on this trail. Pack heat or spray accordingly.

8 days ago

Love this hike to death. So much so that I plan to have my ashes scattered here. I’ve been coming here since I was a little boy. Nice 5 mile out-and-back scramble. Road to get here is doable in a stock Explorer or two wheel drive Ranger. I wouldn’t do this hike before mid June without snow shoes because the snow likes to linger in this sheltered region a little longer. Trout fishing is pretty good.

1 month ago

Really nice hike! Lots of switchbacks and decently steep, but nothing someone who loves hiking can’t handle.

We went on Sept. 1st and the trail was great. It got quite windy at the lake but a light jacket was fine for that. The trail was short enough that the rapid elevation didn't tire me as much as I'd anticipated. I think it's closer to 5 miles out & back though. Will do this hike again next year!

P.S. I was worried about the road driving out there from everything I've read, but my AWD Ford Edge had no problems reaching the trailhead.

The road is open to cars as of Sept 2018, gravel road in very good shape, low vehicles won't have a problem

I make that drive several times a year it is some of the most beautiful scenery in the country if you want to see Yellowstone come through Cody a lot of scenery chance to see wildlife camping spots and Cody is a cool little town

1 month ago

Went to Gardner Lake as part of the Beartooth Recreation Loop. The terrain is very stark — very windy and cold (37*) on 8/23/2018. Amazing country so high in the mountains, unlike anyplace else I’ve been. Worth the trip but be prepared for the temps and the long slog back up.

Great Lake views on this trail. It is an easy walk and a relatively flat trail.

2 months ago

The trail was short, but steep. It’s totally worth the climb! The wildflowers, rushing water and scenic mountain views are beautiful. Start early before the trail becomes busy (and before afternoon thunderstorms!) and definitely carry bear spray.

2 months ago

Non-stop uphill for the first 1.5 miles, then it levels off and heads down to the lake. The views are awesome. The road in is rough but passible with passenger cars. I would advise that you have heavy tread on your tires as standard auto tires may be damaged by the rocks and such. Off road treads are best.

2 months ago

About 100 ft from the trailhead, make sure you turn right at the wooden post with a roughly carved "621". This is the real start of the trail. It heads right to the creek, which we forded with our river sandals. There was lots of snow this past winter so we had to wade up one of the creek's channels to find the trail on the other side. Trekking poles helped a lot, but the current really wasn't strong and only mid-calf deep. After the ford, you need to bushwack a bit through another 100 ft of willows, but again, not bad. The rest of the trail was lovely through the forest. Views of Crane Lake were fleeting, unless you want to hike down to shore. Soon you hear the creek rushing from Beauty Lake into Crane Lake and a small rocky outcrop grants a view of beautiful Beauty Lake. Not a soul in sight, even in July. Wildflowers abounding on the shore. Exquisite.

2 months ago

This is a popular trail for a reason! Views of the lake at the end of the trail are breathtaking. I would note that it is longer than 3.6 miles - closer to 5 miles round trip. It’s a strenuous uphill climb for most of the way, but well worth it. Even though there were lots of people out, we saw a bear on the trail, so remember your bear spray!

3 months ago

This hike is a butt kicker for sure—worth it. A switch backed climb filled with views all the way to the top. Done the first week in July, but of snow for the last half mile or so covering the trail.

This was our approach when we visited yellowstone years past. Very scenic.

7 months ago

Me and my Dad did this trail when we visited the area a few years ago. Very beautiful and worth the time.

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.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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).

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Awesome drive with great views definitely give it a trip!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Just went down to Gardner lake. Great fishing! Just little guys but very catchable!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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

Monday, August 07, 2017

loved it!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Stopped by this lake on a fantastic trip in the high lakes area. Another phenomenal place on the plateau--definitely worth a visit!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Absolutely incredible views! Highly recommend!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The last four miles of the road getting there is pretty rough. Not a lot of trees. It's out of red Lodge!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beautiful trail, the last 4 miles of the road to get there is quite rough, but that part can be walked or biked

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