Clay Butte Overlook

Beartooth Mountains, Wyoming

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The Clay Butte Overlook Trail begins at the 9,81 1 -foot Clay Butte Fire Lookout perched on the south tip of the butte. The butte consists of sedimentary rock left by an ancient inland sea. (Clay Butte and Beartooth Butte, directly to the east, lie adjacent to each other.) The trail crosses the expansive alpine plateau, rich with wildflowers, to the north edge of the weathered cliffs, offering a unique view of the backside of Beartooth Butte. The panoramic views are as spectacular as you will find anywhere. The Beartooth Mountains, Beartooth Butte, the Clarks Fork Valley, the twisting highway, and the peaks of the Absaroka Range are all visible from this high mountain overlook.

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"The Clay Butte Overlook Trail begins at the 9,81 1 -foot Clay Butte Fire Lookout perched on the south tip of the butte. The butte consists of sedimentary rock left by an ancient inland sea. (Clay Butte and Beartooth Butte, directly to the east, lie adjacent to each other.)

The trail crosses the expansive alpine plateau, rich with wildflowers, to the north edge of the weathered cliffs, offering a unique view of the backside of Beartooth Butte. The panoramic views are as spectacular as you will find anywhere. The Beartooth Mountains, Beartooth Butte, the Clarks Fork Valley, the twisting highway, and the peaks of the Absaroka Range are all visible from this high mountain overlook."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Beartooth Mountains
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1 .5 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Natural Bridge State park
Local Maps: USGS: Muddy Creek and Beartooth Butte
Driving Directions: Directions to Clay Butte Overlook

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May 2018