Granite Lake from Muddy Creek Trail Upper Granite Loop Trail

Hurricane Mesa, Wyoming

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Aptly named Granite Lake, straddling the Montana-Wyoming border, is surrounded by gorgeous granite knobs and domes. The 228-acre subalpine lake is among the largest lakes in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. It has an irregular shoreline with numerous inlets and peninsulas. The Muddy Creek Trail begins by the Beartooth Highway and leads nearly 5 miles to the south shore of Granite Lake. The trail parallels Muddy Creek up the scenic canyon through forests of Engelmann spruce and lodgepole pine. The forested valley contains an expansive and scenic meadow (actually a wetland rimmed with trees and granite rock outcrops). The trail follows the east edge of the boggy meadow, which is a wet and muddy event until mid- to late-August, then leads into a narrow, granite- walled canyon.
Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

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Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

by Robert Stone (The Globe Pequot Press)

Aptly named Granite Lake, straddling the Montana-Wyoming border, is surrounded by gorgeous granite knobs and domes. The 228-acre subalpine lake is among the largest lakes in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. It has an irregular shoreline with numerous inlets and peninsulas. The Muddy Creek Trail begins by the Beartooth Highway and leads nearly 5 miles to the south shore of Granite Lake.

The trail parallels Muddy Creek up the scenic canyon through forests of Engelmann spruce and lodgepole pine. The forested valley contains an expansive and scenic meadow (actually a wetland rimmed with trees and granite rock outcrops). The trail follows the east edge of the boggy meadow, which is a wet and muddy event until mid- to late-August, then leads into a narrow, granite- walled canyon.

© 2012 Robert Stone/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hurricane Mesa
Distance: 9.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Natural Bridge State park
Local Maps: USGS: Muddy Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Granite Lake from Muddy Creek Trail Upper Granite Loop Trail

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May 2018