Scenic

Beartooth Mountains

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  •           Lakes, Rivers, Waterfalls

    Crazy Creek Falls

    (Mileage CC 11.4 – /RL – 40.7)

    Beartooth Highway Lake Creek FallsLocated just west of the Beartooth/Chief Joseph Scenic Highway intersection, Crazy Creek is on of the most uniquely named wild waterfalls along the Highway. The name Crazy Creek is attributed to two theories – one is a fact and the other a legend. The fact – the creek creates a crazy zigzag pattern as it flows down the mountainside. The legend – an Indian woman living in the Clark’s Fork Valley went crazy and ran into the mountains. Her body was found later by members of her tribe along this creek. They named the creek “crazy”. Which do you choose to believe? A well maintained walking trail takes visitors up a small incline to a viewing area approximately .5 miles from the parking area.

     

    Lake Creek Falls & Historic Bridge

    (Mileage CC 15.4/RL-48.6)

    A stop at here treats visitors to a view of Lake Creek Falls as it plunges and cascades through its narrow canyon. The Lake Creek Wayside is located 1 ½ miles east of the junction of the Beartooth Highway and the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Wyoming 296. Note the creek’s steep walls. They are granite – a hard rock that is highly resistant to erosion. Swift, tumbling water – using sand, pebbles and boulders as tools – vigorously attacks the granite. The water works mainly to deepen its channel, down-cutting the creek’s floor faster than the walls erode. A channel through hard rock, such as seen here, may deepen only an inch or two a year! Looking toward the falls from the main highway, travelers see a portion of the historic Lake Creek Bridge. This unique bridge is one of the few remaining structures of the original road across the Beartooth plateau that shows the craftsmanship of the Work Project Administration projects of the Depression Era. The granite rocks used for construction were hand shaped with stone chisels so that each fit snugly in place. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps it was completed in 1932. In 1974 the new steel structure was completed across Lake Creek.

     

    Beartooth Ravine & Lake

    (Mileage CC 23.3/RL-40.7)

    Beartooth Falls Beartooth HighwayPull in at Beartooth Lake for a visit to one of the most breathtaking and easily accessible high mountain lakes along the Beartooth Highway. Nestled at the base of Beartooth Butte, pictures of Beartooth Lake often reflect this amazing geographic feature. Beartooth Butte is a remnant of sedimentary deposits that once covered the entire Beartooth Plateau. Fossils are found in abundance in the sedimentary rocks of Beartooth Butte. The oldest fossilized remains found here are tribolites and brachipods. Over 500 million years have passed since they were living creatures. Fossil fish found here are some of the oldest found anywhere in the United States. Easy access to the shoreline of Beartooth Lake makes it a popular fishing spot, and the Shoshone National Forest campground is a favorite of highway visitors. At the southern end of Beartooth Lake water flows out of the lake, over massive glacial boulders, to become Beartooth Falls pictured at left.

     

    Rivers of the Beartooth Highway

     

    The Upper Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River

    Springing from the high mountain peaks close to the Montana/Wyoming border at the western end of the Beartooth All-American Road, the Upper Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River parallels the highway for 17 breathtaking miles. This upper portion of the Clark’s Fork River is small, often only 10 feet across, crystal clear, and cold! Fishermen enjoy easy access to this high mountain river, with the “catch of the day” featuring brook, rainbow, and Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. Some of the most fantastic opportunities for wild photos are found along this stretch of riverfront as the famous Pilot and Index Peaks loom over the Beartooth Highway. Keep camera’s ready!

     

    Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River

    Close to the junction of the Beartooth All-American Road and Wyoming 296, the Clark’s Fork River leaves the Beartooth Highway and continues its journey northeast as it parallels the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway traveling toward the famous Clark’s Fork Canyon. Named after William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Clark’s Fork flows through a deep, postcard-scenic canyon. Its tumultuous waterfalls, white water cascades, deep pools, and rugged corridor lands are its unique characteristics. The Clark’s fork was designated Wyoming’s first Wild and Scenic River in November of 1990, and it is one of only two rivers in the state with the Wild and Scenic designation.

     

    Information Resource: BeartoothHighway.com

  •           Trails

    Line Creek Plateau

    16 Miles - Advanced Trail

    Single Track

    ↑ 1,600 feet

    ↓ 5,800 feet

     

    Silver and Basin Lakes Trail

    14 Miles - Advanced Trail

    Single Track

     

    Connecting Silver to Basin trail is an amazing ride and worth the climb - even when you have to push your bike a little on Basin going uphill or over a few rocks to get to the second lake - it's worth the views and the downhill! Bring a full suspension bike for this trail, you'll want it.

     

    • Morrison Jeep Trail

    • Ingles Creek

    • Silver Run Trail

  •           Races

    April 30, 2017

     

    This year's competition features a course that is certain to challenge all participants.  The run leg starts on Beartooth Pass above Red Lodge and covers 9.3 miles into town.  The bike leg departs Red Lodge for Columbus, MT, along highway 78, covering 49 miles.  The bike leg transitions to the boat leg at Itch-Kep-Pe Park, and boaters dash the remaining 10 miles to Special K Ranch, where the final festivities are held.  Competitors can choose between the triathlon that covers these three legs, or a duathlon that covers the first two legs only.

     

    The Beartooth Blitz will not be run in June this year. We are looking at dates in the fall and will announce the new date soon.

     

    The run up Beartooth Pass was recently named one of the 5 top bike climbs in the nation, the Beartooth Pass is a once-in-a-lifetime ride. The day’s activities start at Rock Creek Resort, located 6 miles south of Red Lodge. Racers will leave in 30-second intervals in a time trial format. This category 1 climb rises up over 4,700 feet during its span of 23 miles. So you better enjoy the 66 feet of descending grade that you get at the starting line. The race ends at the scenic West Summit of the Beartooth Pass.

Contact GCC:
Recreation.gov