Elk Lake

Columbus, Montana

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A fairly easy day trip and possible candidate for an easy overnighter. This route covers the first 3 miles of the popular trans-Bear tooth trail from the East Rosebud Trailhead to the Clarks Fork Trailhead, referred to in this book as The Beaten Path (Hike 19). The trail goes through deep, unburned forest all the way to Elk Lake, and is well maintained and well traveled. Expect to see lots of people. From the trail there are several great views of 10,979-foot Shepard Mountain to the west and East Rosebud Creek as it tumbles down from the Beartooth Plateau.
Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

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Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A fairly easy day trip and possible candidate for an easy overnighter. This route covers the first 3 miles of the popular trans-Bear tooth trail from the East Rosebud Trailhead to the Clarks Fork Trailhead, referred to in this book as The
Beaten Path (Hike 19).

The trail goes through deep, unburned forest all the way to Elk Lake, and is well maintained and well traveled. Expect to see lots of people. From the trail there are several great views of 10,979-foot Shepard Mountain to the west and East Rosebud Creek as it tumbles down from the Beartooth Plateau.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Columbus
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Local Maps: USGS Alpine; RMS Alpine–Mount Maurice; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
Driving Directions: Directions to Elk Lake

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