Goose Lake Jeep Trail

Gallatin National Forest, Montana

Elevation Gain1,972ft
Trailhead Elevation9,796ft
Elevation Min/Max8821/9962ft
Elevation Start/End9796/9796ft

Goose Lake Jeep Trail

Goose Lake Jeep Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Park County, Montana. It is within Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area and Gallatin National Forest. It is 5.3 miles long and begins at 9,796 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,972 feet. The Long Lake (elevation 9,423 feet), Mud Lake (elevation 9,308 feet), and Star Lake (elevation 9,715 feet) waters can be seen along the trail.

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Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"An unusual hike partially on a jeep road to a large, fish-filled mountain lake in a tree-less, high-altitude basin. When environmental and economic concerns finally defeated the mining plans, I added this route. That doesn’t mean the area is pristine, though, because the landscape around Goose Lake is still pockmarked with mining scars from the early 1900s. Thankfully now, nature has made great strides in reclaiming many of the mine sites, and many millions of Superfund money has hurried nature along. The end result is a reasonably attractive landscape dotted with trout- filled lakes. Unfortunately, most of this area is not in the Absaroka-Bear tooth Wilderness, withheld from the original legislation because of mining activity."

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Trail Information

Gallatin National Forest
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Gallatin National Forest
USGS Cooke City, Fossil Lake, and Gran- ite Peak; RMS Cooke City–Cutoff Mountain; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
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