The Beartooth Mountains are a stunning range located in south-central Montana and north-central Wyoming, just northeast of Yellowstone National Park. The Basecamp to the Beartooths is Red Lodge, our home and HQ. With over 900,000 acres of wilderness, the Beartooth Mountains offer a wide range of hiking opportunities for both novice and experienced hikers. Here are some tips for hiking in the Beartooths.
Choose a Trail in Advance
The Beartooth Mountains offer a variety of trails, ranging from easy to challenging. Some of the most popular hikes include the Mystic Lake Trail and the Glacier Lake Trail. When choosing a trail, consider your hiking experience, fitness level, and the length of the trail. It’s also important to check the weather forecast before starting your hike. Our Beartooth Hiking Vacation visits these trails and a few more off the beaten path.
Hiking in the Beartooths requires proper planning and preparation. Make sure to bring appropriate clothing and gear, such as a hat, sunscreen, sturdy hiking boots, a first aid kit, and plenty of water and snacks. The weather can change quickly in the mountains, so it’s essential to pack extra layers and rain gear.
Check Trail Conditions
Before embarking on your hike, make sure to check trail conditions. The Beartooth Mountains are known for their steep and rugged terrain, so it’s important to be aware of any trail closures, weather conditions, or potential hazards. The US Forest Service provides information on trail conditions and closures on their website.
The Beartooth Mountains are home to a diverse range of wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose, elk, and mountain goats. It’s important to respect these animals and their habitat. Make noise while hiking to alert wildlife of your presence, keep a safe distance, and avoid feeding or approaching them.
Leave No Trace
When hiking in the Beartooths, it’s crucial to follow Leave No Trace principles. This means packing out all trash, staying on designated trails, and avoiding damaging vegetation. Leave the wilderness as you found it, so that others can enjoy its natural beauty. You can learn about all 7 of the Leave No Trace principles at the LNT website.
Enjoy the Scenery While Hiking the Beartooths
The Beartooth Mountains offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Rocky Mountains. As you hike, take the time to slow down to enjoy the views and appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape. Bring a camera to capture the stunning vistas and wildlife you encounter along the way.
You will not be disappointed by the experience of exploring the wild beauty of the Beartooth Mountains.
You can join us for a full vacation of hiking this outstanding landscape on our Beartooth Hiking Vacation.
New in 2023!
Beartooth Mountains Day Hikes
Do you have a trip already planned to Montana? Grab your hiking boots, pack your gear, and join us for an expertly guided half or full day hike.