Native Lake from Beartooth Lake Beauty Lake Trailhead to Beartooth Highlakes Trail

Beartooth Mountains, Wyoming 82423

Native Lake from Beartooth Lake Beauty Lake Trailhead to Beartooth Highlakes Trail

Native Lake from Beartooth Lake: Beauty Lake Trailhead to Beartooth Highlakes Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Native Lake rests in a seven-acre bowl at 9,800 feet in the high lakes area of the Beartooths. The lake sits near the northern base of Beartooth Butte, one mile shy of the Montana state line. Meadows, stunted conifers, and snowcapped peaks surround the scenic lake.

Native Lake can be reached from three trailheads: the Beartooth Highlakes Trail via Island Lake (Hike 45), the Upper Granite Loop Trail by Clay Butte (Hike 51 ), and the Beauty Lake Trailhead (this hike). The shortest route begins here by Beartooth Lake at the southern base of Beartooth Butte. The picturesque sedimentary rock formation made of limestone and shale dominates the landscape, which towers 1 ,600 feet above the lake."

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Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"This is an easily accessible base-camp hike with an incredible number of alpine lakes within easy walking distance. You can reach Native Lake from three major trailheads: Beartooth Lake, Clay Butte, and Island Lake. Consider arranging a shuttle at a different trailhead to avoid retracing your steps on the way out. With two vehicles, it’s best to leave one at Beartooth Lake and then go in at the Clay Butte Trailhead. Then the entire trip is downhill, with the exception of a minor bump just before Native Lake. The start at Clay Butte is at 9,600 feet, and the end at Beartooth Lake is at 8,900 feet." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"This is a beautiful and accessible lake with an incredible number of alpine lakes within easy walking distance. As at Island Lake, the Beartooth Lake Trailhead sits on the edge of a large mountain lake, and the trails start right at Beartooth Lake Campground. Hikers can camp right at the trailhead and get an early start on the day—if they are fortunate enough to find a campsite in this popular campground. Beartooth Lake lies in the shadow of Montana’s famous 10,514-foot Beartooth Butte, which dominates the western horizon. Beartooth Butte is an enigma, a tiny island of sedimentary rock in the sea of granite making up the Beartooth Mountains. How to get to Native Lake can be a tough decision." Read more

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Trail Information

Beartooth Mountains
Nearby City
8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
4 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Natural Bridge State park
Local Contacts
USGS: Beartooth Butte
Local Maps

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Dec 2018