Russel Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,942' 592 m
Descent: -17' -5 m
High: 9,922' 3,024 m
Low: 7,996' 2,437 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
Current trail conditions
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“Epic access from Cooke City, Montana into the alpine wonderland that is the Beartooth Plateau.”— samh Haraldson
The trail meanders through tall, widely spaced coniferous trees that tower over your head, wavering in the wind. It begins to climb short steep section after short steep section with little gaps of flat in between. Approaching the height of its length you are on the edges of the Beartooth Plateau, one of the largest expanses of land with an elevation higher than 10,000 feet in the world.
Camp, fish, and relax, but be prepared for a storm of winter-like proportions no matter what time of year you hike this trail. Retreat back down to the start or continue The Beaten Path on the East Rosebud Trail.
Land Manager: USFS - Shoshone National Forest Office