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Beartooth Highway: Silver Gate to Red Lodge

Cooke City, Montana

Beartooth Highway Silver Gate to Red Lodge

Beartooth Highway: Silver Gate to Red Lodge Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This 70-mile drive passes through alpine meadows and glacial lakes at the top of the world, providing access to the highest terrain in Montana. Unless you are an avid backpacker, you will probably never experience such incredible alpine scenery and habitat as that found on the Beartooth Plateau. Like Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, this route is probably one of Montana’s most stunning. The Beartooth Highway takes travelers to the edge of an alpine wilderness, a rare treat for those who do not travel high mountains on foot. To truly experience the world you are about to enter, however, you must get out of the car as often as possible. Be warned about the weather: It can snow any time of year here, and during bad storms, portions of the road may be closed.

Special attractions: Silver Gate, Cooke City, Red Lodge; alpine lakes and tundra; canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

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Amber,
Ranger | 885 pts
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4/27/2019
This is a magnificent drive, but can be intimidating to some as it steeply climbs to almost 11,000 feet. Plenty of scenic vistas, and a few opportunities for short little hikes. The summit is an impressive view, and the Rock Creek Overlook is not to be missed. The forest service campgrounds a few miles east of Cooke City and Silvergate a wonderful for dispersed, self contained camping (less than $5 a night for us senior pass holders), like the Colter Campground, and opportunities to hike a bit; it's steep terrain & Grizzly habitat, so be prepared.
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Bozeman,
Explorer | 20 pts
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9/10/2002

What an amazing drive, through the very heart of what defines the wild west! Solitude,larger than life vistas, and the choice of countless hikes and fishing spots. A great detour out of yellowstone, or even a great intro. The beartooth highway and pass are not to be missed. One of my top five day trips in southwestern Montana.
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Cooke City
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70
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Late spring to fall
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Gallatin National Forest; Custer National Forest, Beartooth Ranger District; Shoshone National Forest, Clarks Fork Ranger District
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