Slough Creek Divide

Big Timber, Montana

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A long trek through a lot of extreme remoteness with a beautiful stream all the way and an excellent chance of seeing wildlife, including grizzly bears. Most of the Beartooths is subalpine—open, rocky country full of mountainous panoramas—but not this route. Instead, this trail starts in the deep forest of the upper Boulder River valley and stays below timberline for almost 40 miles. This is one of the most phenomenal hiking routes in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, if not any wilderness. Yet, during the summer it doesn’t get much use, mainly because the trail doesn’t go to a lake or the top of a mountain, and it requires a very time- consuming shuttle. In the fall, however, many hunters and outfitters use the area in search of elk, deer, and other big game common in Boulder River/Slough Creek country. If you’re looking for solitude and remoteness and the chance to see all kinds of wildlife, including the mighty grizzly bear, put this trail high on your list of priorities.
Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

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Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A long trek through a lot of extreme remoteness with a beautiful stream all the way and an excellent chance of seeing wildlife, including grizzly bears.

Most of the Beartooths is subalpine—open, rocky country full of mountainous panoramas—but not this route. Instead, this trail starts in the deep forest of the upper Boulder River valley and stays below timberline for almost 40 miles. This is one of the most phenomenal hiking routes in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, if not any wilderness. Yet, during the summer it doesn’t get much use, mainly because the trail doesn’t go to a lake or the top of a mountain, and it requires a very time- consuming shuttle. In the fall, however, many hunters and outfitters use the area in search of elk, deer, and other big game common in Boulder River/Slough Creek country. If you’re looking for solitude and remoteness and the chance to see all kinds of wildlife, including the mighty grizzly bear, put this trail high on your list of priorities.

© 2015 Bill Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Big Timber
Distance: 39.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 4 days
Local Maps: USGS Mount Douglas, Haystack Peak, Roundhead Butte, and Mount Hornaday; RMS Mount Douglas–Mount Wood and Cooke City– Cutoff Mountain; and at least 1 wilderness- wide map. A Yellowstone National Park map would also be helpful.
Driving Directions: Directions to Slough Creek Divide

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