Lake Plateau

McLeod, Montana

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A popular hiking area with myriad side trip opportunities on a gorgeous, inlake-dotted, high-altitude plateau, plus the equally spectacular Columbine Pass. Most locals consider the Boulder River the dividing line between the Beartooths to the east and the Absaroka Range to the west. Boulder River Road ends 48 miles south of Big Timber at Box Canyon Campground. In the 1970s there was a proposal to punch the road all the way through to Cooke City, splitting the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness into two smaller wild areas. Look at a topo map and the feasibility (or lack) of such a road becomes obvious. After a hard fight by wilderness advocates, the two spectacular mountain ranges were permanently joined into one wilderness, and the controversial road proposal was dropped.
Hiking Montana

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Hiking Montana

by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A popular hiking area with myriad side trip opportunities on a gorgeous, inlake-dotted, high-altitude plateau, plus the equally spectacular Columbine Pass. Most locals consider the Boulder River the dividing line between the Beartooths to the east and the Absaroka Range to the west. Boulder River Road ends 48 miles south of Big Timber at Box Canyon Campground. In the 1970s there was a proposal to punch the road all the way through to Cooke City, splitting the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness into two smaller wild areas. Look at a topo map and the feasibility (or lack) of such a road becomes obvious. After a hard fight by wilderness advocates, the two spectacular mountain ranges were permanently joined into one wilderness, and the controversial road proposal was dropped.

©  Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: McLeod
Distance: 34.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Weeklong backpack
Trailhead Elevation: 6,800 feet
Top Elevation: 9,800 feet
Local Contacts: Gallatin National Forest, Big Timber Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Douglas, Tumble Mountain, Pinacle Mountain, Haystack Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Plateau

Recent Trail Reviews

8/5/2010
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We were going to do the whole loop, and get to Asteroid Lake. However, this is not how it ended up happening. It is a pretty cool area...but the best part is Pentad Lake and the rainbow lake area (and near Owl Lake). Check out my full trip report for this trip: http://chrisroane.blogspot.com/2010/08/lake-plateau.html



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