Beartooth High Lakes

Cooke City, Wyoming 82423

Beartooth High Lakes

Beartooth High Lakes Professional Guide

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"A truly spectacular route through the famous high lake country of the Beartooths. The Island Lake and Beartooth Lake Trailheads are in what is commonly called the Beartooth High Lakes country. It’s hard to believe that this isn’t officially part of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, but it’s just as wild and the Forest Service manages it “to preserve its wilderness character.”

Backcountry travelers don’t officially cross the wilderness boundary until they reach the Montana-Wyoming state line. Dozens of lakes are easy hikes from either trailhead, and both trailheads have wonderful vehicle campgrounds and picnic areas."

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Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A truly spectacular route best suited for long day trips, and perhaps the best way to see the essence of the unique Beartooth high lakes country. This is one of those pesky shuttle trails that requires arranging transportation in advance. Leave a vehicle at the Beartooth Lake Trailhead, or arrange with another party to start at Beartooth Lake and meet at Claw Lake or Beauty Lake for lunch so you can trade keys. You can also leave a bicycle at Beartooth Lake and elect somebody to ride it back to your vehicle at the Island Lake Trailhead (only about 4 miles)." Read more

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Cooke City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
USGS Beartooth Butte; RMS Wyoming Beartooths; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
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Dec 2018