Goat Meadow

Red Lodge, Montana

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Goat Meadow lies between the East Summit and the West Summit (Beartooth Pass), at over 1 0,000 feet. To the west are the Quintuple Peaks and Mirror Lake, and to the east are the Twin Lakes (Hike 37). The treeless, alpine meadow sits atop a large peninsula that juts outward 2,500 feet above U-shaped Rock Creek Canyon. A 1 0,590-foot rounded hill sits in the center of the meadow. This hike loops around the hill on the rim of the rolling meadow, with sweeping vistas of Beartooth Mountain, Mount Rearguard, the pyramid-shaped Bear’s Tooth, Twin Lakes, Glacier Lake, Hellroaring Plateau, and the glacier-carved Rock Creek Canyon. This meadow is seldom hiked and does not have a trail, but it is easy to follow because the unobstructed vistas and the canyons act as visual guides. Mountain goats frequent the north end of the meadow. Patches of their hair often linger among the scattered boulders near the rim.
Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

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Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

by Robert Stone (The Globe Pequot Press)

Goat Meadow lies between the East Summit and the West Summit (Beartooth Pass), at over 1 0,000 feet. To the west are the Quintuple Peaks and Mirror Lake, and to the east are the Twin Lakes (Hike 37). The treeless, alpine meadow sits atop a large peninsula that juts outward 2,500 feet above U-shaped Rock Creek Canyon. A 1 0,590-foot rounded hill sits in the center of the meadow.

This hike loops around the hill on the rim of the rolling meadow, with sweeping vistas of Beartooth Mountain, Mount Rearguard, the pyramid-shaped Bear’s Tooth, Twin Lakes, Glacier Lake, Hellroaring Plateau, and the glacier-carved Rock Creek Canyon. This meadow is seldom hiked and does not have a trail, but it is easy to follow because the unobstructed vistas and the canyons act as visual guides. Mountain goats frequent the north end of the meadow. Patches of their hair often linger among the scattered boulders near the rim.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Red Lodge
Distance: 4.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Natural Bridge State park
Local Maps: USGS: Deep Lake and Black Pyramid Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Goat Meadow

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