Measure from here and take this gravel road and stay straight after 0.3 mile and pass by the boat launch. Beartooth Lake Trailhead Access to Beartooth High Lakes, Castle Rock group and Snowbank Mountain - From the MT 308 and US 212 junction in Red Lodge, head west on US 212 for 40.5 miles to the Beartooth Lake turnoff on the right. <3 Great backpacking. I immediately tore off my shoes and socks and ran into the water with filter in hand. Beartooths Jul 23, 2015 12:37:00 GMT -8 . Fishing pressure is moderate to heavy. Good timing as the storm hit quickly after, fairly standard for the Beartooths. Rainbow Lake (Mile 18) Elk Lake (Mile 22.5) East Rosebud Trailhead (Mile 26) General Logistics. Getting to the mouth of Whirlpool Creek just may be the hardest part because you will have to ford East Rosebud Creek (Impossible through June) and bushwhack around the south side of the lake through thick forest and marsh. The East Rosebud Trail is the premiere route through the Beartooths, running from Alpine to the Beartooth Highway just east of Cooke City. 6+ miles and 1,500 ft. of elevation gain. Backpacking the Beartooths. 4 days, incredible views, great backpacking, and good fishing. Mark Hoover. Our planned route would involve a 17-mile hike up to the Beartooth Plateau and then a 5-mile off-trail traverse over an 11,000-foot peak to our target lake. The stream draining Z Lake, an easy rock hop prior to setting up camp, was now something I wouldn’t even think about crossing. The steep banks of the lake and forest opened out into a beautiful meadow filled with wildflowers. Tricks And Tips On How To Get Great Looking Photos. Seasons. beartooths montana John Goering Member. Enjoy and respect the high country. Share Thread. Rainbow Lake was a welcome sight after 7 miles on a steep trail with heavy backpacks. Leave Rainbow Lake and continue your descent from the Beartooth Plateau towards East Rosebud Canyon. The "Beaten Path" route through the Beartooths has been on my List for a couple years. Less noise and more green. 4 days, incredible views, great backpacking, and good fishing. Starting at Fossil Lake and going until Twin Outlets lake there is a fire ban, although camping is allowed. The "Beaten Path" route through the Beartooths has been on my List for a couple years. While the East Rosebud drainage was very scenic, my mind was on other things as we trudged toward Rainbow Lake. Hiking and Fishing the Beartooths in 2016 . We had another 1/2 mile to hike around the lake before we reached the meadow at the north end of the lake, where campsites are available. View both Metcaf and Spirit Peaks from camp. To reach the lake, you'll hike the Mystic Lake Trail, a 2.5 "round trip" adventure located near the tiny community of Roscoe. If you’re an angler and a photographer, look no further than turquoise Rainbow Lake a little ways on. Are you able to take grade-a pictures? We eventually made our way to Rainbow Lake where we found a nice place to camp on the southwest side of the lake. Beartooths. Yes, there are Rainbows in Rainbow Lake, lots of them as well as Cutthroats. Alas, the mountain lake was as icy feeling … I was eager to reach a lake and jump in it, giving myself a much needed bath. Not totally unexpected since we were camped in what was essentially a basin surrounded on 3.5 sides by rock walls. We scurried out of the tent, ate breakfast, packed up, and continued on. The first part ran through some burned off areas covered in blooming fireweed. We hiked this trail at the tail end of July and encountered just a few patches of slushy snow. We managed to get the tent pitched without getting it too wet, I filtered a couple liters of water at hit the down bag with very cold fingers. Duration: A few days. Stunning views along the drive in and out, as well. Trail was easy to see and very rocky at times. Took 3 nights and 4 days. Even the most novice angler can catch multiple fish in these waters! Beware of the "No-Fall" zones in the boulder fields on the trek to camp. You might be post-holing at the top until mid-July, which is fine if that’s your thing. On a summer day, walking through this boulder field can be stiflingly hot. Facebook; Twitter; Tumblr; LinkedIn; Pinterest; MySpace; Email; Go to. It has the largest sandy beach in the Beartooths and is a wonderful destination for a day hike . A few hours after sunrise, the rain finally stopped. We hung our food from the bears, pumped some fresh water and I built a fire to cook the fish to no fruition. Tips For Using This Guide Latitude/Longitude: These are taken at the middle of the lakes and are used for stocking purposes. Rainbow Lake. This day would be the most physically strenuous, hiking from Rainbow Lake (7770 ft) to Dewey Lake (9316 ft). Total elevation gain of 7,620 feet. Oct 19, 2014 - The Beaten Path | Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness - 26+ miles of AMAZINGLY beautiful rugged backcountry! The trail from Fossil Lake to Rainbow Lake is about 10 miles. At Beartooth Lake alone, Wyoming last year and again this year stocked about 2,750 rainbow and Yellowstone cutthroat trout — 5,500 total. Naturally, we all had to take the requisite aftermath photos of our camp and the hail surrounding our shelters. That is hard to imagine in such a very large lake. By the time I arrived it was closing in on 3pm. Special thanks go to all Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Mountain Lake crews that have worked on the Mountain Lakes surveys, as well as those dedicated FWP employees who worked to keep the Mountain Lakes Guide updated throughout the years. That being said, the Beartooths are a fantastic mountain range with some amazingly beautiful places, and I will surely be back someday in the future. Cresting the Beaten Path near Fossil Lake. Measure from here and take this gravel road and stay straight after 0.3 mile and pass by the boat launch. The grayling average 13 inches, the rainbow and cutthroat average 12 inches, and the brook trout average 11 inches. The Montana Power Company does utilize the power of this large lake, and they do have a dam present, … Below, August 10, 2018 / The Beaten Path is 26 miles of lakes, streams, waterfalls, wildflowers, ups, downs, and views all around in Montana’s Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. Good Fishing! Great places to camp if looking to stay in the area for awhile, since it takes about 45 minutes to drive the extremely rocky road in. If you are ready, then you have come to the right place. Midway between Lake at Falls and Echo Lake, the main trail doglegged south (45.12685 / -109.73491) over a wooden footbridge. Make the most of your natural photographic talents. The stocked fish are 4 to 5 inches long. Consider Twin Outlet Lake (elevation 9190) on night three and after a trout dinner and stargazing, hike to Rainbow Lake and spend the last night there (elevation 7670). The trail is rated as moderate. Mystic Lake – the deepest lake in the Beartooth Mountains. 4. The fishing was disappointing. Approaching Rainbow Lake . They were very small fish so I didn’t bother fishing. Rainbow Lake. Beartooth Lake Trailhead Access to Beartooth High Lakes, Castle Rock group and Snowbank Mountain - From the MT 308 and US 212 junction in Red Lodge, head west on US 212 for 40.5 miles to the Beartooth Lake turnoff on the right. September 14, 2020. Jacy Head / alltrails.com. Rainbow Lake was a welcome sight after 7 miles on a steep trail with heavy backpacks. Over 300 lakes in the Beartooths contain a combination of self sustaining and stocked trout, including Yellowstone cutthroat trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, golden trout, arctic grayling, and variations of cutthroat/rainbow/golden trout hybrids. View C's Recording. The largest, most diverse fishery in the Beartooth Mountains, Beartooth Lake offers a good fishery. Day 4 - Rainbow Lake to Dewey Lake. You will have to hike up Whirlpool Creek which drains into Rainbow Lake at its southwest edge. Once you pass Rimrock Lake, the trail steepens and takes you through a boulder-strewn canyon with soaring granite walls. streams of the Beartooths. Nowhere else in the Beartooths offers the chance to see a hydroelectric dam in action, while simultaneously enjoying the surrounding wilderness. Brook trout average 11 inches a photographer, look no further than turquoise Rainbow Lake ( 9316 )... A Lake and going until Twin Outlets Lake there is a wonderful destination for a day hike Twitter. 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