Lake Plateau Backpacking

Big Timber, Montana 59011

Lake Plateau Backpacking

Lake Plateau (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"A week-long backpacking vacation into a popular hiking area with a myriad of side trip opportunities. Nicely suited to backpackers who like to set up a base camp. Most locals consider the Boulder River the dividing line between the Beartooths to the east and the Absaroka Range to the west. Boulder River Road ends 48 miles south of Big Timber at Box Canyon Campground.

The Boulder River is a popular place. The road is lined with dude ranches and church camps in addition to numerous summer homes. During the early hunting season in September dozens of horse trailers may be parked at Box Canyon Trailhead. The Lake Plateau region of the Beartooths is as popular as any spot in the entire wilderness. The Boulder River trailheads (Box Canyon and Upsidedown Creek) attract many backpackers. Few backcountry horsemen use Upsidedown Creek, but many hunters and outfitters use the Box Canyon trailhead to access the Slough Creek Divide area. The Lake Plateau is a unique and spectacular part of the Beartooths accessed by four major trails."

Lake Plateau (Backpacking) Reviews

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This rates among hte most beautiful places I have seen anywhere. Take deet and your fishing gear.

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Trail Information

Big Timber
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 days or more
Best summer and fall
Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Douglas, Tumble Mountain, Pinnacle Mountain, Haystack Peak; USFS Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness
Local Maps

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Jul 2018