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Island Lake to Beartooth Lake

Easy/Intermediate
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6.0 mile 9.6 kilometer point to point
94% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 266' 81 m
Descent: -910' -277 m
High: 9,672' 2,948 m
Low: 8,914' 2,717 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by David DeBry

A beautiful, easy trail with stunning views of the Beartooth mountains/plateau.

David DeBry

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

The Beartooth Pass Road is only open from Memorial Day through sometime in October.

Overview

This combination of trails is a popular point-to-point route in the heart of the Beartooth Mountains. In addition to spectacular views, this trail offers easy access and shuttling.

Need to Know

Weather at this altitude can change at any time, so just be prepared.

Runner Notes

A great trail to shake out the legs and get some speed work in, while enjoying the amazing views.

Description

Park one car at Beartooth Lake, then drive to Island Lake. Follow the Beartooth High Lakes Trail, which is on the left side of the lake NW. You'll pass about 10 glacier lakes and have views of the Beartooth Mountains. For the first 3.5 miles, you are above the timberline in an alpine environment, with wildflowers everywhere between July and late August.

At 3.5 miles, you turn south down a steep embankment and head toward Beartooth Lake. At this point, you'll be on the Beauty Lake Trail. The views and expanses of this glacial region are spectacular. Also, this trail is easily accessible, as long as you are in this area. Also, make sure you explore the rest of this area as there are many great trails nearby.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers from July-late August, fish, and very few humans.

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Beartooth Plateau and glaciated valley from the northern end of Island Lake.
Mar 24, 2016 near Tower J…, WY
The glaciated valleys of the Beartooth Plateau.
Mar 24, 2016 near Tower J…, WY
Beartooth Plateau across Island Lake.
Mar 24, 2016 near Tower J…, WY
Sunset at Island Lake. with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Apr 4, 2016 near Tower J…, WY
Expansive views in along the Beartooth High Lakes Trail. with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Apr 4, 2016 near Tower J…, WY
Looking back up the canyon to the Beartooth Plateau.
Mar 24, 2016 near Tower J…, WY

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