Hellroaring Plateau

Red Lodge, Montana

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The Hellroaring Plateau is a vast, top-of-theworld alpine tundra lying above 10,000 feet atop the west wall of Rock Creek Canyon in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. From the trailhead are great views up Rock Creek Canyon and the Beartooth Highway switchbacks. This hike travels across the 2-mile-long wind-swept, alpine basin filled with a chain of 14 lakes. Many of the lakes offer excellent fishing. Shell fossils are occasionally found atop the grassy plateau. Although the elevation gain of this hike is gradual, at this height the gain feels more substantial. Bring topographic maps and be prepared with warm, protective clothing, as the weather can change abruptly. Accessing the trail requires a rough, slow drive up an old gravel road.
Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

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Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

by Robert Stone (The Globe Pequot Press)

The Hellroaring Plateau is a vast, top-of-theworld alpine tundra lying above 10,000 feet atop the west wall of Rock Creek Canyon in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. From the trailhead are great views up Rock Creek Canyon and the Beartooth Highway switchbacks. This hike travels across the 2-mile-long wind-swept, alpine basin filled with a chain of 14 lakes.

Many of the lakes offer excellent fishing. Shell fossils are occasionally found atop the grassy plateau. Although the elevation gain of this hike is gradual, at this height the gain feels more substantial. Bring topographic maps and be prepared with warm, protective clothing, as the weather can change abruptly. Accessing the trail requires a rough, slow drive up an old gravel road.

© 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 t
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Fishing
Local Contacts: Natural Bridge State park
Local Maps: USGS: Black Pyramid and Silver
Driving Directions: Directions to Hellroaring Plateau

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