Backpacking trips in Beartooth Mountains  will not be available in 2015.

Description

Montana Alpine Guides backpacking trips take place in one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the lower 48, The Beartooth Mountains. We offer two to seven day backpacking trips in the Beartoooths. Pick from our pre-designed backpacking trips or customize your own Beartooth backpacking trip.  Each excursion will focus on hiking in to the remote and pristine areas of the Beartooth Mountains. Participants will learn necessary backpacking skills which include route finding, risk management, backcountry cooking, safe travel and camping in Grizzly country, etc.  Nearly all backpacking and hiking trip itineraries can involve ascents of magnificent non-technical peaks.  Contact us for details on any one of our Beartooth backpacking and hiking trips or view some of our pre-designed Beartooth backpacking trips listed under “itineraries”.

Includes:
Experienced guides, tents, meals, cookware, stoves, fuel, and water purification

Not included:
Transport to trailheads, personal camping gear (clothing, backpacks, sleeping gear), and day food. Gear can be rented with advance notice.

Itineraries

TRIP: SECOND ROCK LAKE (2 Days)

  • Dates: June – September
  • Start: Lake Fork of Rock Creek
  • End: Lake Fork of Rock Creek

Proposed route:

  • Day 1: Hike west/up Lake Fork trail (USFS trail 1) to establish camp at Second Rock Lake, potential day hikes to alpine lakes up drainage from Second Rock Lake.
  • Day 2: Hike out to the Lake Fork trailhead. Potentially do a day hike up to Black Canyon Lake.

Proposed Camps:

  • Camp 1: Second Rock Lake

TRIP: WEST RED LODGE CREEK (3 Days)

  • Dates: July – September
  • Start: West Red Lodge Creek
  • End: West Red Lodge Creek

Proposed route:

  • Day 1: Hike up the West Red Lodge Creek (USFS trail 14) crossing Red Lodge Creek Plateau to establish camp at Crow Lake. (9.3 miles)
  • Day 2: Day hikes up toward alpine lakes and potentially Grass Mountain. Camp at Crow Lake.
  • Day 3: Hike back out same route to the Red Lodge Creek trailhead

Proposed Camps:

  • Camp 1: Crow Lake
  • Camp 2: Crow Lake

TRIP: RED LODGE CREEK PLATEAU TRAVERSE (3 Days)

  • Dates: July – August
  • Start: West Fork of Rock Creek Trailhead
  • End: West Fork of Rock Creek Trailhead

Proposed route:

  • Day 1: Take trail (USFS trail 13) headed north and east up switch backs to junction with USFS trail 14 (5.9 miles). Continue on trail 13 for 1.2 miles prior to taking a spur trail (.5 miles) to establish camp at Crow Lake (7.6 total miles)
  • Day 2: Continue “off trail” hiking south along the western flank of Grass Mountain to arrive at Lake Mary. We will establish camp here then take off for a day trip to one of the surrounding peaks or an optional rest, depending on group energy levels.
  • Day 3: Hike down trail from Lake Mary’s southern end to join trail junction (USFS trail 1) at Quinnebaugh Meadows. From here it is 4.2 miles on trail back to the West Fork of Rock Creek Trailhead.

Proposed Camps:

  • Camp 1: Crow Lake
  • Camp 2: Lake Mary

TRIP: “MYSTIC LAKE TO TEMPEST” (3 Day)

  • Dates: Late June – September
  • Start: West Rosebud Trailhead
  • End: JulWest Rosebud Trailhead

Proposed route:

  • Day 1: Hike up West Rosebud trail (USFS trail 19) descending to Mystic Lake to the junction with Phantom Creek Trail (USFS 17) at 3.1 miles. Continue up switchbacks until you hit the 6’ high cairn. We then hike off trail to fain Froze to Death Plateau. We continue along the plateau toward the north flank of Froze to Death Mountain, where we intend to establish camp 1.
  • Day 2: Break camp and continue to contour around Froze to Death Plateau to establish camp on the north flanks of Tempest Mountain. If energy levels are high we may take a day hike up to the summit of Tempest Mountain
  • Day 3: Hike back out the same terrain covered on days 1 & 2 to the trailhead

Proposed Camps:

  • Camp 1: Froze to Death Plateau
  • Camp 2: Tempest Mountain/Froze to Death Plateau

TRIP: “MYSTIC LAKE TO HUCKLEBERRY” (4 Days)

  • Dates: July – September
  • Start: West Rosebud Trailhead
  • End: West Rosebud Trailhead

Proposed route:

  • Day 1: Hike up West Rosebud trail (USFS trail 19) descending to Mystic Lake. Near the terminus of Mystic Lake we will head up Huckleberry Creek to establish camp at Princess Lake.
  • Day 2: Break camp and continue up to Storm Lakes to establish our second camp. We will then take day hikes as energy levels allow.
  • Day 3: Early rise and hike to the summit of Tempest Mountain then return to camp at Storm Lakes

Proposed Camps:

  • Camp 1: Froze to Death Plateau
  • Camp 2: Tempest Mountain/Froze to Death Plateau

TRIP: “SECOND ROCK LAKE” (4 Days)

  • Dates: June – September
  • Start: Lake Fork of Rock Creek
  • End: Lake Fork of Rock Creek

Proposed route:

  • Day 1: Hike up (west) Lake Fork Trail (USFS trail 1) and establish camp near Lost Lake. Day hike up to Black Canyon Lake
  • Day 2: Break camp and continue on trails to First Rock Lake, then continue on to establish camp at Second Rock Lake. Relax with potential day hikes.
  • Day 3: Day hikes to alpine lakes up drainage from Second Rock Lake. Return to Second Rock Lake camp for the night
  • Day 4: Descend the canyon past First Rock Lake and Keyser Brown Lake and hike out to the Lake Fork trailhead.

Proposed Camps:

  • Camp 1: Lost Lake
  • Camp 2: Second Rock Lake
  • Camp 3: Second Rock Lake

TRIP: ROCK CREEK TRIBUTARIES (5 Days)

  • Dates: July – September
  • Start: West Fork of Rock Creek
  • End: Lake Fork of Rock Creek

Proposed route:

  • Day 1: Hike up the West Fork Rock (USFS trail 1), to establish camp at Sundance or Shadow Lakes, depending on group fitness and fatigue. Potential day hike up toward Castle and Sundance Mountains or optionally up to Lake Mary.
  • Day 2: Day hikes up to the end of the basin by Castle Mountain and perhaps a loop up to Mary Lake. Participants and guide can select options as it best pertains to group.
  • Day 3: Ascend the notorious switchbacks to gain Sundance Pass (11, 037’). Optional peak bagging (non-technical) from pass or continue down toward September Morn Lake. Establish camp here or continue hiking to establish
  • camp at Keyser Brown, First Rock or Second Rock Lake depending on group fatigue and following days plans
  • Day 4: Day hikes to alpine lakes up drainage from Second Rock Lake. Potentially hike up a non-technical peak such as Sky Pilot Mountain. Return to same camp for the night.
  • Day 5: Descend the canyon past First Rock Lake and Keyser Brown Lake Depending on group fatigue and fitness we would propose a day hike to either Lost Lake or Black Canyon Lake. Note most of the hike to Black Canyon Lake is off trail boulder hopping, but well worth it!

Proposed Camps:

  • Camp 1: Sundance Lake or Shadow Lake
  • Camp 2: Sundance Lake or Shadow Lake
  • Camp 3: September Morn to Second Rock Lake
  • Camp 4: September Morn to Second Rock Lake

TRIP: STILLWATER – LAKE PLATEAU (5 Days)

  • Dates: July – September
  • Start: West Fork of the Stillwater
  • End: Stillwater River/Woodbine Falls

Proposed route:

  • Day 1: Hike up West Fork of the Stillwater (USFS trail 90) for roughly 11 mile to establish camp at Lewis Creek.
  • Day 2: Break camp and continue another ~4 miles to gain the Lake Plateau then establish camp between Lake Daiphanous and Lake Pinchot. Day hikes if group energy allows to surrounding lakes and or to Chalice Peak.
  • Day 3: Day hikes along Lake Plateau with a potential hike over to Two Sisters. Return to same camp from Day 2.
  • Day 4: Continue on USFS trail 90 to Jordan Pass and the junction with USFS trail 97 taking the left descending via the drainage below Jordan Lake to where it joins with The Middle Fork of Wounded Man Creek to the junction with USFS trail 24 along the Stillwater River. Establish camp east of trail junction. Roughly half way b/t the trail and the river.
  • Day 5: Continue out along trail 24 to the Stillwater River Trailhead.

Proposed Camps:

  • Camp 1: Lewis Creek
  • Camp 2: Lake Diaphanous
  • Camp 3: Lake Diaphanous
  • Camp 4: Junction of trail 90 and 97 near the Stillwater River
Beartooth Mountains

The Beartooth Mountains are arguably the most impressive peaks in the state of Montana. The most definitive feature, the Beartooth Plateau is the largest unbroken area of land in the contiguous US over 10,000’. Jutting up from the surrounding plains these precipitous peaks contain more than 25 summits raising to over 12,000 feet including the states highest point, Granite Peak (12,799’).

Roughly 25 small glacier remnants or permanent snowfields still exist in these peaks that previously carved the massive valleys and canyons between the surrounding peaks and plateaus. With in these magnificent valleys lay hundreds of pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls, and an abundance of wildlife and vegetation. With in this area exist over 700 miles of trail systems, allowing for easy access in a relatively inhospitable landscape.

The entire range is part of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, which consists of 944,000 acres of federally protected land. This Wilderness is a key part of the 20-million acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and it borders Yellowstone NP. As a designated wilderness all motorized vehicles and mechanized advantages (including bikes) are prohibited, as well as mining and logging. As is the case wilderness areas are a sanctuary for wildlife and humans alike from our mechanized world.

With regards to recreation this range has something for every one: lakes stocked with fish, backpacking trails abound, a plethora of climbing adventures, peak bagging, and ample opportunities for ski mountaineering, hunting, etc.

MAG (Montana Alpine Guides) is pleased to be one of very few guide services permitted to work with in this pristine landscape. We respect this land, wildlife, and other people with in its borders. We strive to leave it as we found it and instill this same mentality to all of those who come to recreate amidst this wild landscape.


Dates of operations: yearlong (until snow makes for impassable conditions)

Location of Routes: We provide access to nearly every trailhead with in the Custer National Forest (excluding East Rosebud). This allows flexibility in our scheduling according to snow pack for early and late season trips. This also allows us to customize trips according to group fitness, desires, and ambitions. Some groups may take 5 days to do the same trip another group would do in 3 days. Some groups have a loop hike in mind while others request customized trips.

Trip Duration

2-5 Days

Cost

$395 for one person
$125 for each additional person

*Price does not include 3.5% Forest Use Tax