Jorden Lake

Cooke City, Montana

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A long shuttle along a series of large, trout- filled lakes on the southwest edge of the Beartooth Plateau, best suited for at least three nights out. The first 5.2 miles is fairly easy, all downhill to Upper Granite Lake. Because the trail to Upper Granite Lake stays moist until late in the season, it isn’t suited for use by backcountry horsemen. Regrettably, they frequently use it anyway, so don’t be surprised if you have to negotiate around a few horse bogs. The route is also popular with backpackers, and when you get to Granite Lake the reason for this becomes clear.
Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

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Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A long shuttle along a series of large, trout- filled lakes on the southwest edge of the Beartooth Plateau, best suited for at least three nights out. The first 5.2 miles is fairly easy, all downhill to Upper Granite Lake.

Because the trail to Upper Granite Lake stays moist until late in the season, it isn’t suited for use by backcountry horsemen. Regrettably, they frequently use it anyway, so don’t be surprised if you have to negotiate around a few horse bogs. The route is also popular with backpackers, and when you get to Granite Lake the reason for this becomes clear.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cooke City
Distance: 23.9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 days
Local Maps: USGS Muddy Creek, Fossil Lake, and Castle Mountain; RMS Wyoming Beartooths and Alpine–Mount Maurice; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
Driving Directions: Directions to Jorden Lake

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