Copeland Lake

Cooke City, Montana

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A long loop to several large wilderness lakes best suited for a three- or four-night backpack.This hike used to start at the recently abandoned Muddy Creek Trailhead. You can still go to Lower Granite Lake from the old Muddy Creek Trailhead and make this route a bit easier (although not shorter), but be prepared to have very wet feet when you reach Granite Lake. The abandoned trailhead isn’t signed, but with a little research (or an old map), you can find it. The first mile or so of the trail to the first junction (turn left here) drops steeply, and then keeps dropping, but not quite as steeply. Only 0.5 mile later you come to the Muddy Creek Cutoff Trail, which very precipitously drops into Muddy Creek.
Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

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Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A long loop to several large wilderness lakes best suited for a three- or four-night backpack.This hike used to start at the recently abandoned Muddy Creek Trailhead. You can still go to Lower Granite Lake from the old Muddy Creek Trailhead and make this route a bit easier (although not shorter), but be prepared to have very wet feet when you reach Granite Lake. The abandoned trailhead isn’t signed, but with a little research (or an old map), you can find it.

The first mile or so of the trail to the first junction (turn left here) drops steeply, and then keeps dropping, but not quite as steeply. Only 0.5 mile later you come to the Muddy Creek Cutoff Trail, which very precipitously drops into Muddy Creek.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cooke City
Distance: 23.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 days
Local Maps: USGS Muddy Creek and Castle Moun- tain; RMS Wyoming Beartooths; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
Driving Directions: Directions to Copeland Lake

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