Hiking in the Beartooth Mountains

The Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness protects a large area of 940,000 acres (1500 square miles) in southern Montana and northern Wyoming, adjacent to Yellowstone National Park. At the heart of the wilderness lies the Beartooth Plateau - dotted with hundreds of lakes above 10,000 feet in elevation - and Granite Peak, at 12,799 feet the highest mountain in Montana. There are a wealth of hiking possibilities, both on and off-trail, and it's a good option for wilderness hiking without Yellowstone's crowds or red tape. Based on my own brief experience of the area, this page suggests a few good day hikes within easy reach of the town of Red Lodge, in the southeast corner of the wilderness.

Hiking in the Bighorn Mountains

Located in north-central Wyoming, the Bighorn Mountains are a sister range of the Rocky Mountains. Conveniently located halfway between Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park, the Bighorns are a great vacation destination in themselves. No region in Wyoming is provided with a more diverse landscape – from lush grasslands to alpine meadows, from crystal-clear lakes to glacially-carved valleys, from rolling hills to sheer mountain walls.


The Bighorn National Forest is filled with special places. With over 1 million acres of national forest, the Cloud Peak Wilderness area, historic guard stations and fire lookouts, developed campgrounds, 1,200 miles of trails, and spectacular scenery, the Bighorn National Forest has something for everyone.

  •           Information

    Hiking Wyoming's Cloud Peak Wilderness

    by Bill Hunger; A Falcon Guide

    ISBN-13# 9781560447252 ($16)


    Hiking Wyoming - 110 of the States Best Hiking Adventures

    by Bill Hunger; A Falcon Guide

    ISBN-13# 9780762734207 ($18)


    National Geographic TI00000720 Map Of Cloud Peak Wilderness

    by National Geographic

    Topographical Map ($25)

  •           Trails

    Interactive map of hiking trails in Wyoming that allows you to search by difficulty, city, and rating.


    Interactive map of hiking trails in Wyoming. Zoom into the area you wish to visit to see the hikes available.

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