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Beartooth Loop

Location Shoshone National Forest, Rocky Mountain Park
State(s) Wyoming
Type Backcountry
Length 9.70 Miles / 15.61 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - Mushing
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Motorized vehicles - Motorcycling
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Wildlife Observation
Agency USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? Yes




The Beartooth Loop trail is a scenic loop trail that originates near the Gardner headwall, a well-known geologic feature adjacent to the Beartooth All American Highway. This trail traverses a scenic piece of the alpine and sub-alpine Beartooth Plateau. After a relatively steep plunge from the Highway to Gardner Lake, the trail follows a relatively gentle grade in a large loop. In addition to stunning scenery, the trail takes users in close proximity to three large lakes noted for small but hungry fish. The fauna of the area includes pike, marmots, mule deer, raptors and occasionally a grizzly bear or wolf which inhabit the wilds adjacent to the trail. The trail serves as a compliment to the scenic Beartooth All American road which traverses the Plateau and on to Yellowstone National Park.


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 6/1 - Date Closes: 10/30

Open 24 Hours


38 miles W of Red Lodge, MT on US 212 or 16.5 miles NW of Cody,on Hwy 120 to Sunlight Basin Road - 51 miles. To US 212 junction. Go E on 212 to Hauser (n. of Hauser lake, on Beartooth Hwy), Gardner (above Gardner Lake) or Dollar Lake (access by 4WD) trailheads.


Additional Information

Width: 18 inches.

Primary Surface: Soil

Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 10%

Elevation Low Point: 8900

Elevation High Point: 10530

Year Designated: 1979

Date Last Updated: 03/01/2013


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Trampus Barhaug
Shoshone National Forest
Cody , WY 82414
(307) 754-7207


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