Hellroaring Road

Custer National Forest, Montana 59001

Elevation Gain2,751ft
Trailhead Elevation7,817ft
Elevation Min/Max7817/10319ft
Elevation Start/End7817/7817ft

Hellroaring Road

Hellroaring Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Carbon County, Montana. It is within Custer National Forest and Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area. It is 6.5 miles long and begins at 7,817 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,751 feet. Along the trail there is parking.

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"A short, mostly off-trail trip into a high-elevation basin filled with lakes; best suited
for day hiking, but can be an overnighter."

"This is a short, mostly off-trail trip into a high-elevation basin filled with lakes.

The Rock Creek area is the last stop before driving up the world-famous switchbacks to the top of Beartooth Pass and into Wyoming. Actually, there are two trailheads—Glacier Lake and Hellroaring—in the area, both accessed from the Forest Service campgrounds at the base of Beartooth Pass. Day hikers can camp at one of the three vehicle campgrounds and go to Hellroaring Lakes and Glacier Lake on extended one-day outings.

The trails in this area are great for learning to explore the high country with a topographic map and compass, and they are especially well suited for hikers who aren’t in top physical condition. Many lakes and other scenic areas can be reached within a few miles of the trailhead. The climbs are steep but not extended."

"The Hellroaring Plateau is a vast, top-of-theworld alpine tundra lying above 10,000 feet atop the west wall of Rock Creek Canyon in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. From the trailhead are great views up Rock Creek Canyon and the Beartooth Highway switchbacks. This hike travels across the 2-mile-long wind-swept, alpine basin filled with a chain of 14 lakes.

Many of the lakes offer excellent fishing. Shell fossils are occasionally found atop the grassy plateau. Although the elevation gain of this hike is gradual, at this height the gain feels more substantial. Bring topographic maps and be prepared with warm, protective clothing, as the weather can change abruptly. Accessing the trail requires a rough, slow drive up an old gravel road."

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Trail Information

Custer National Forest
Nearby City
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area
Additional Use
Natural Bridge State park
Local Contacts
USGS Black Pyramid Mountain; RMS Alpine–Mount Maurice; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
Local Maps

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Jul 2018