Red Lodge, MT
Spectacular mountain scenery, especially the view from Sundance Pass. This well-maintained and heavily used trail is not only one of the most scenic in the Beartooths, but it’s only a short drive from the Billings area. You can make this hike a three-day trip, staying one night in the Lake Fork of Rock Creek and another in the West Fork of Rock Creek. Although nicely suited to a three-day/ two-night trip, the route also offers many scenic side trips. Plan an extra day or two in the backcountry for exploring them. This trail offers absolutely spectacular scenery. From Sundance Pass, for example, vistas include 12,000-foot mountains, such as 12,548-foot Whitetail Peak, and the Beartooth Plateau, a huge mass of contiguous land above 10,000 feet. Hikers are also treated to views of glaciers and obvious results of glaciation, exposed Precambrian rock, and waterfalls. And watch for mountain goats, deer, golden eagles, and gyrfalcons. Goats are frequently seen from First and Second Rock Lakes.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Red Lodge|
|Elevation Gain||3,400 ft|
|Season||Mid-July through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||7,100 ft|
|Top Elevation||10,900 ft|
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