The Beaten Path/Beartooth Mountains

A vast and high plateau of stunning lakes and peaks located just north of Yellowstone National Park in southwestern Montana.

The Beartooth Mountains are a jewel of alpine adventure. It consists mostly of a high alpine plateau with a 9,000'-10,000' base elevation, surrounded by 11,000 'to 12,500' peaks. There are hundreds of granite hemmed lakes. This area is similar in feel to the "Enchantment Lakes" area of Washington, but much larger in extent and absent the crowds and permit requirements.

"The Beaten Path", 26 miles one-way, is  the most famous trail here. It traverses the  Granite Range from north to south and offers a dozen or more lakeside camping options and reported great fishing opportunities. To the west of this trail is a vast network of additional alpine lakes and Montana's highest peak, Granite Mountain, at 12,808'.  There are many way-trails and off-trail options  here. Granite Mountain is a moderate scramble option, as are the many other peaks in the area. There are no official backcountry camps or permits required

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Scrambling
  • Seasons: July, August, September
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  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 26.0 None
  • Land Manager: Custer Gallatin National Forest
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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  • Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness--The Beaten Path

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