Lake Plateau Backpacking

Big Timber, Montana

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A week-long backpacking vacation into a popular hiking area with a myriad of side trip opportunities. Nicely suited to backpackers who like to set up a base camp. 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. The Boulder River is a popular place. The road is lined with dude ranches and church camps in addition to numerous summer homes. During the early hunting season in September dozens of horse trailers may be parked at Box Canyon Trailhead. The Lake Plateau region of the Beartooths is as popular as any spot in the entire wilderness. The Boulder River trailheads (Box Canyon and Upsidedown Creek) attract many backpackers. Few backcountry horsemen use Upsidedown Creek, but many hunters and outfitters use the Box Canyon trailhead to access the Slough Creek Divide area. The Lake Plateau is a unique and spectacular part of the Beartooths accessed by four major trails.
Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies

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Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A week-long backpacking vacation into a popular hiking area with a myriad of side trip opportunities. Nicely suited to backpackers who like to set up a base camp. 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.

The Boulder River is a popular place. The road is lined with dude ranches and church camps in addition to numerous summer homes. During the early hunting season in September dozens of horse trailers may be parked at Box Canyon Trailhead. The Lake Plateau region of the Beartooths is as popular as any spot in the entire wilderness. The Boulder River trailheads (Box Canyon and Upsidedown Creek) attract many backpackers. Few backcountry horsemen use Upsidedown Creek, but many hunters and outfitters use the Box Canyon trailhead to access the Slough Creek Divide area. The Lake Plateau is a unique and spectacular part of the Beartooths accessed by four major trails.

© 2002 Bill Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Big Timber
Distance: 34.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 days or more
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Mount Douglas, Tumble Mountain, Pinnacle Mountain, Haystack Peak; USFS Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Plateau (Backpacking)

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7/12/2007
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This rates among hte most beautiful places I have seen anywhere. Take deet and your fishing gear.


4/7/2004
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