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Central Montana Hikes & Attractions Yellowstone Area Hikes and Attractions

Stillwater River Trail # 24 and Sioux Charley Lake

The Stillwater River trail provides great hiking into the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. While the trail leads to amazing riches for backpackers, there is a very popular day hike to Sioux Charley Lake. It’s a 3-mile hike on a good trail that climbs gradually for the entire distance. The trail includes a narrow gorge with raging whitewater, great mountain views, and a stream that becomes a wide, flat lake.

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Central Montana Hikes & Attractions Yellowstone Area Hikes and Attractions

Blue Lake in the Crazy Mountains

Blue Lake is the most popular hiking destination in the Crazy Mountains for good reason. Sitting at 8,282 ft in a valley between Granite Peak and Crazy Peak, Blue lake is connected to the larger Granite Lake and the smaller Thunder Lake. The hike to Blue Lake is less than 4 miles on good trails with an elevation gain of about 2,200 ft.

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Beartooth Pass Camping & Campgrounds Red Lodge

Complete Guide To Beartooth Highway Camping and Campgrounds

There are many public campgrounds along the Beartooth Highway. Which one is best for you will depend on a number of factors. To help you choose we’ve prepared this guide to the public campgrounds along the route. There is a page of additional information about each of these campgrounds – just click on the campground name to learn more

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Camping & Campgrounds Red Lodge Red Lodge Area Yellowstone Area Hikes and Attractions

Beartooth Lake

Beartooth Lake is a spectacular high-mountain lake located along the famous Beartooth Highway (U.S. Hwy 212).  The lake is a popular destination that offers fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and backpacking in a pristine alpine setting. Beartooth Lake is immediately adjacent to Hwy 212 which is both good and bad because it makes access very easy but it also promotes heavy use.

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Red Lodge Area Yellowstone Area Hikes and Attractions

Island Lake on the Beartooth Plateau

Island Lake is a beautiful high-mountain lake on the Beartooth Plateau in Wyoming. It’s easily accessed from the Beartooth Highway (US 212) and is just a few miles west of the Beartooth Pass. Sitting at 9,518′ elevation, Island Lake covers 146 acres to a maximum depth of about 100ft. Island Lake is a very popular recreation area with a US Forest Service campground, a boat ramp and beach area, and a trailhead that is popular with hikers and backpackers.

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Beartooth Pass Camping & Campgrounds Red Lodge Red Lodge Area Yellowstone Area Hikes and Attractions

Greenough Lake Campground

The Greenough Lake Campground sits in the trees alongside Rock Creek 12 miles SW of Red Lodge, MT. It’s less than a mile from the famous Beartooth Highway and is great as a destination or for highway travelers.

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Beartooth Pass Camping & Campgrounds Red Lodge Area Yellowstone Area Hikes and Attractions

Lily Lake Camping, Fishing & Boating

The Lily Lake camping area is a partially developed campground at 7,670 ft on the shore of Lily Lake. Although it is officially classified as dispersed camping, Lily Lake has 5 sites with picnic tables, three shared steel bear-proof food boxes, and a vault toilet. There is no water and no steel fire rings.

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Beartooth Pass Camping & Campgrounds Red Lodge Area Yellowstone Area Hikes and Attractions

Lake Creek Campground in Wyoming

The Lake Creek Campground is located on the Chief Joseph Highway (WY 296) about a mile south of the junction with the Beartooth Highway (US 212). This small campground features 6 forested sites and is administered by the Clark’s Fork Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest.

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Bozeman Area Yellowstone Area Hikes and Attractions

Montana’s Missouri Headwaters State Park

At the Missouri Headwaters State Park three great rivers; the Madison, the Jefferson, and the Gallatin join to form the Missouri River. The Missouri flows 2,341 miles downstream until it joins the Mississippi River and ultimately reaches the ocean in New Orleans. In 1805 the Lewis & Clark expedition became the first known European explorers to reach the area. They traveled up the Missouri and named the three rivers they found coming together here.

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Central Montana Hikes & Attractions Livingston & Paradise Valley Yellowstone Area Hikes and Attractions

Complete Guide to the Yellowstone River [2022]

The Yellowstone River is one of our nation’s most remarkable treasures. It’s the last major free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, traveling 680 dam-free miles. The Yellowstone River begins as a melting snowbank on Yount’s Peak deep in the Wyoming wilderness south of Yellowstone Park. From here it runs north then east until it joins the Missouri River in North Dakota.