Granite Lake from Muddy Creek Trail Upper Granite Loop Trail

Hurricane Mesa, Wyoming 82513

Granite Lake from Muddy Creek Trail Upper Granite Loop Trail

Granite Lake from Muddy Creek Trail Upper Granite Loop Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Granite Lake from Muddy Creek Trail Upper Granite Loop Trail Trip Reports

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7/19/2018
While very pretty this trail is off the beaten path. The road is 136 on the left coming from chief Joseph highway. At the end of this short road you’ll find a rustic campground near a stream with a few fire pits marked with stones in overgrown grasses. Head down the service road, which was closed off to vehicles when we got there, until you hit a small meadow which should have a sign for granite lake. The trail goes through meadows, marshes, and forests. Expect your feet to get entirely soaked. Not only do you have to cross the stream a couple of times with variably high waters but the trail cuts through wet marshlands which were muddy and averaged ankle deep when we went. The lake was absolutely beautiful and there’s a nice place to camp once you get there. The trail is difficult to find at times, especially in the marsh areas. Look for small signs of breaks in the bushes and trust your instincts. We didn’t come across another human in our trip which was very cool but definitely let people know where you’re going. Also, it rained a little on our hike and the mosquitos were unlike anything over ever experienced! A hoard of them! Bring extra bug spray and light long layers. I had to keep my rain jacket on the whole time. Good luck!
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Trail Information

Hurricane Mesa
Nearby City
9.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Natural Bridge State park
Local Contacts
USGS: Muddy Creek
Local Maps

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