Stillwater River Trail to Sioux Charley Lake Main Stillwater Drainage

Red Lodge, Montana

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The Stillwater River is a major drainage in the Beartooth Mountains. The river’s headwaters begin in an expansive basin high atop the Beartooth Plateau west of Crown Butte and Daisy Pass, just north of Cooke City. The river travels over 70 miles southeast to its confluence with the Yellowstone River at Columbus. This hike follows a dramatic section of the Stillwater River through a narrow, steep-walled canyon at the boundary of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The river puts on a spectacular display of waterfalls, cascades, and rapids as it rages down the drainage. The trail emerges into a pristine valley surrounded by majestic mountains. Sioux Charley Lake, a long, slow-moving section of the river, lies nestled in this valley along the eastern base of Cathedral Peak. The trail begins just past the Woodbine Campground at the end of County Road 419.
Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

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Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

by Robert Stone (The Globe Pequot Press)

The Stillwater River is a major drainage in the Beartooth Mountains. The river’s headwaters begin in an expansive basin high atop the Beartooth Plateau west of Crown Butte and Daisy Pass, just north of Cooke City. The river travels over 70 miles southeast to its confluence with the Yellowstone River at Columbus. This hike follows a dramatic section of the Stillwater River through a narrow, steep-walled canyon at the boundary of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

The river puts on a spectacular display of waterfalls, cascades, and rapids as it rages down the drainage. The trail emerges into a pristine valley surrounded by majestic mountains. Sioux Charley Lake, a long, slow-moving section of the river, lies nestled in this valley along the eastern base of Cathedral Peak. The trail begins just past the Woodbine Campground at the end of County Road 419.

© 2012 Robert Stone/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Red Lodge
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Natural Bridge State park
Local Maps: USGS: Cathedral Point
Driving Directions: Directions to Stillwater River Trail to Sioux Charley Lake Main Stillwater Drainage

Recent Trail Reviews

7/19/2009
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FYI: The road to the trailhead turns to dirt just outside the town of Roscoe. Approximately the last 10 miles are sandy, rocky dirt road that is definitely passable w/o 4-wheel-drive but be prepared to go slow. This won't let me post w/o rating the trail. I have not hiked it -- had to turn back because of a storm -- so just disregard my rating!


5/15/2003
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A wonderful trail that begins in a burnt area and ends in the high country of paradise.



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