Sundance Pass Backpacking

Red Lodge, Montana

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A fairly rugged, two- or three-day hike for experienced hikers. This well-maintained and heavily used trail is not only one of the most scenic in the Beartooths, but it’s only a short drive from the Billings area. This trail offers absolutely spectacular scenery. From Sundance Pass, for example, vistas include 12,000-foot mountains such as 12,548-foot Whitetail Peak, and the Beartooth Plateau, a huge mass of contiguous land above 10,000 feet. Hikers are also treated to views of glaciers and obvious results of glaciation, exposed Precambrian rock, and waterfalls. And watch for mountain goats, deer, golden eagles, and gyrfalcons. Goats are frequently seen from First and Second Rock Lakes. Special attractions: Spectacular mountain scenery, especially the view from Sundance Pass.
Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies

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Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A fairly rugged, two- or three-day hike for experienced hikers. This well-maintained and heavily used trail is not only one of the most scenic in the Beartooths, but it’s only a short drive from the Billings area. This trail offers absolutely spectacular scenery. From Sundance Pass, for example, vistas include 12,000-foot mountains such as 12,548-foot Whitetail Peak, and the Beartooth Plateau, a huge mass of contiguous land above 10,000 feet.

Hikers are also treated to views of glaciers and obvious results of glaciation, exposed Precambrian rock, and waterfalls. And watch for mountain goats, deer, golden eagles, and gyrfalcons. Goats are frequently seen from First and Second Rock Lakes. Special attractions: Spectacular mountain scenery, especially the view from Sundance Pass.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Red Lodge
Distance: 21
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 or 3 days
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Black Pyramid Mountain, Silver Run Peak, Sylvan Peak; USFS Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Sundance Pass (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

8/13/2010
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Growing up in Montana, it is easy to take for granted the beauty of the Beartooth mountains. Although this trail sees more people than it use to, it was still an amazing experience and the higher up you climb the more solitude you will enjoy. The opportunities to fish were abundant and the fish were plentiful. Coming over Sundance Pass is a spectacular sight that will be difficult to top.



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