Lake Plateau

McLeod, Montana 59052

Lake Plateau

Lake Plateau Professional Review and Guide

"A popular hiking area with myriad side trip opportunities on a gorgeous, inlake-dotted, high-altitude plateau, plus the equally spectacular Columbine Pass. 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. In the 1970s there was a proposal to punch the road all the way through to Cooke City, splitting the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness into two smaller wild areas. Look at a topo map and the feasibility (or lack) of such a road becomes obvious. After a hard fight by wilderness advocates, the two spectacular mountain ranges were permanently joined into one wilderness, and the controversial road proposal was dropped."

Lake Plateau Reviews

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We were going to do the whole loop, and get to Asteroid Lake. However, this is not how it ended up happening. It is a pretty cool area...but the best part is Pentad Lake and the rainbow lake area (and near Owl Lake). Check out my full trip report for this trip:

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
Weeklong backpack
6,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,800 feet
Top Elevation
Gallatin National Forest, Big Timber Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Douglas, Tumble Mountain, Pinacle Mountain, Haystack Peak
Local Maps

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Jul 2018