Best Guidebook Award: Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers & Photographers
The rugged Beartooth Mountains are Montana’s highest mountain range. This beautiful range within the Rocky Mountains rises dramatically from the plains of southeastern Montana and stretches to the northern reaches of Yellowstone National Park.
Now in its fifth edition, Day Hikes In the Beartooth Mountains (an award winning book from the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers) includes an extensive collection of hikes within this mountain range and the adjacent foothills and plains. The 123 hikes range from 11,000-foot alpine plateaus and peaks to treks along the Yellowstone River as it begins its journey through the arid plains (including hikes around the Billings, the Boulder River, Paradise Valley, and Yellowstone National Park). A wide range of scenery and ecosystems accommodates all levels of hiking, from relaxing creekside strolls to all-day, high-elevation outings.
The hikes lie within a 75-mile radius of Red Lodge, an active resort and ski town. The Beartooth Highway, heralded as “the most scenic highway in America” by Charles Kuralt, heads out of town into the Beartooth Mountains, connecting Red Lodge to Yellowstone Park. The 68-mile road hugs the mountain-side along curving switchbacks that traverse up, across and back down the alpine plateau. A wide range of scenery and ecosystems accommodates all levels of hiking, from relaxing creekside strolls to all-day, high-elevation outings. All hikes can be completed during the day. Map sources and references are listed for extending the hikes.
Each hike includes:
- detailed map
- accurate driving and hiking directions
- distance/time/elevation statistics
- list of relevant maps/li>
- summaries to help hikers find a trail appropriate to their ability and desire
- several overall maps to show the hikes in the greater area