Absaroka Beartooth near Yellowstone

Walkin' Fool

Member
Joined
Jul 25, 2019
Messages
6
Last year my husband and I did a 3-day backpack in northern Yellowstone, starting from the Blacktail Plateau Trail to the Yellowstone River, then north out of the park where we stayed the second night near the Hellroaring Patrol Cabin. It was my first time in Yellowstone, and I was blown away by the open vistas, the wildlife, and the lack of people after a few miles.

We're putting together another trip this summer (mid-late August), and I would love to be in a similar kind of area. I also think it would be neat to visit and stay near some of the old patrol cabins. With very little information other than maps and Google Earth, I have an idea of a trip that I'd love feedback on.

Day 1, starting from the trailhead south of the Copper Creek TH, south of Independence, head south on the Buffalo Divide/Fork Trail to the Buffalo Fork Patrol Cabin. Day 2, head south on the Tucker Creek Trail and to the Slough Creek Patrol Cabin. Day 3, hike to Horseshoe Lake. Day 4, head north on the 310 Trail to Lake of the Woods Trail, meet up with Slough Creek Trail, and back to Independence.

Other than generally, “Does this sound like a stupid trip,” some specific questions:

-Is Independence ghost town and the trailhead just south of that accessible in a Subaru Outback?
-Are there are good opportunities to put a tent w/water accessible between Horseshoe Lake and the trailhead, maybe along Slough Creek? That would be a long day, otherwise.
-It looks like there would be some road walking at the end. Is that more like an old logging/mining road, or a real road? How bad would it suck to end the trip with that road walk? Any chance for a hitch?
-Any problematic water crossings?

And of course, if there are other suggestions for a 4-5 day trip with the same kind of vibe we had last year, I would love to hear them!! (We're trying to stay out of the park so we don't have to deal with permits.)

Thank you!!
 

John Goering

Member
Joined
Sep 30, 2014
Messages
427
-Is Independence ghost town and the trailhead just south of that accessible in a Subaru Outback?
-Are there are good opportunities to put a tent w/water accessible between Horseshoe Lake and the trailhead, maybe along Slough Creek? That would be a long day, otherwise.
-It looks like there would be some road walking at the end. Is that more like an old logging/mining road, or a real road? How bad would it suck to end the trip with that road walk? Any chance for a hitch?
-Any problematic water crossings?

And of course, if there are other suggestions for a 4-5 day trip with the same kind of vibe we had last year, I would love to hear them!! (We're trying to stay out of the park so we don't have to deal with permits.)

Thank you!!
Last year my husband and I did a 3-day backpack in northern Yellowstone, starting from the Blacktail Plateau Trail to the Yellowstone River, then north out of the park where we stayed the second night near the Hellroaring Patrol Cabin. It was my first time in Yellowstone, and I was blown away by the open vistas, the wildlife, and the lack of people after a few miles.

We're putting together another trip this summer (mid-late August), and I would love to be in a similar kind of area. I also think it would be neat to visit and stay near some of the old patrol cabins. With very little information other than maps and Google Earth, I have an idea of a trip that I'd love feedback on.

Day 1, starting from the trailhead south of the Copper Creek TH, south of Independence, head south on the Buffalo Divide/Fork Trail to the Buffalo Fork Patrol Cabin. Day 2, head south on the Tucker Creek Trail and to the Slough Creek Patrol Cabin. Day 3, hike to Horseshoe Lake. Day 4, head north on the 310 Trail to Lake of the Woods Trail, meet up with Slough Creek Trail, and back to Independence.

Other than generally, “Does this sound like a stupid trip,” some specific questions:

-Is Independence ghost town and the trailhead just south of that accessible in a Subaru Outback?
-Are there are good opportunities to put a tent w/water accessible between Horseshoe Lake and the trailhead, maybe along Slough Creek? That would be a long day, otherwise.
-It looks like there would be some road walking at the end. Is that more like an old logging/mining road, or a real road? How bad would it suck to end the trip with that road walk? Any chance for a hitch?
-Any problematic water crossings?

And of course, if there are other suggestions for a 4-5 day trip with the same kind of vibe we had last year, I would love to hear them!! (We're trying to stay out of the park so we don't have to deal with permits.)

Thank you!!

I'm not going to be too much help but I do think you can get an Outback to the Copper Creek TH. That road definitely turns to Jeep trail not far above there. I remember one sketchy place before Independence but I think it was above Copper Creek. Not much to see in Independence but there are a few cabins/mining remains not far above there on the road to Independence Trail/Blue Lake. There is also a big mess former(?) outfitters camp-probably put out of business by canis lupus.
 

Walkin' Fool

Member
Joined
Jul 25, 2019
Messages
6
I'm not going to be too much help but I do think you can get an Outback to the Copper Creek TH. That road definitely turns to Jeep trail not far above there. I remember one sketchy place before Independence but I think it was above Copper Creek. Not much to see in Independence but there are a few cabins/mining remains not far above there on the road to Independence Trail/Blue Lake. There is also a big mess former(?) outfitters camp-probably put out of business by canis lupus.

Thanks so much for the info!
 

Chuck the Mauler

Formally known as "kcwins"
Joined
Aug 20, 2014
Messages
415
We were planning a trip there the last week of June / first week of July. I'm concerned the snowpack will still be too much for us to pull this off. You might want to check out a couple of the videos on YouTube from My Own Frontier. He's done many trips there and has a couple videos on the area that might be helpful.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
Joey 7 Day Yellowstone, Slough Creek, Hellroaring, Absaroka Beartooth Loop Backpacking 13
Bryan Harwood Absaroka- Beartooth Wilderness: 6 Trips July-Sep. 2015 Backpacking 12
Georgia Yankee Absaroka miscalculation: “You thought I would enjoy this??" Backpacking 14
K The Thorofare and the Absaroka Wilderness Backpacking 9
P Elk and the Absaroka General Discussion 1
Bob Wire Absaroka Snowshoe Hiking & Camping 5
Joey Teton Wilderness, Absaroka's, Brooks Lake, Cub Creek Backpack Loop Backpacking 12
westy Beartooth plateau Backpacking 1
John Goering Return to Goose Lake/Grasshopper Glacier area of the Beartooth Mountains Hiking & Camping 7
LarryBoy Off the Beaten Path - Five Days in the Beartooth Range Backpacking 11
westy Beartooth Mountains Backpacking 5
b.stark A Very Late Beartooth Report Backpacking 14
John Goering Beartooth Mountains, Lake Plateau Backpacking 11
John Goering Beartooth's Hellroaring Plateau Backpacking 10
John Goering Beartooth's Goose Lake area Hiking & Camping 2
John Goering Beartooth loop Backpacking 27
regehr funky salt formations near GSL State Park Trip Planning 1
Stephanie B Fishing (for Trout) and Hunting (for Rock Art) In and Near Capitol Reef National Park Hiking & Camping 5
Rockskipper Wolf spotted near Aspen? General Discussion 6
Perry Any Beta in this Proposed Route Near Coffin Benchmark? Trip Planning 5
Bob Tannerite Fire ---- near Pinedale Trip Planning 7
Rockskipper The bears are definitely out near Ennis, MT General Discussion 3
Chuck the Mauler Trip ideas near or west of Vegas Trip Planning 8
JDWalters Access to Escalante River/Lake Powell near Cathedral in the Desert Trip Planning 7
Mikjik86 Good car camping? Stuff to do near Goblin Valley area Feb 24,25,26? Trip Planning 15
Jackson A Solo Stroll Near Capitol Reef Backpacking 17
Shirt357 Winter hikes/snowshoeing near Fort Collins Trip Planning 8
D Water near EC3 Trip Planning 1
Perry Injured Utah Hiker Rescued Near Kings Peak General Discussion 9
H suggestion needed: 9-day solo Winds near Elkhart Park Trip Planning 5
ramblinman New push for Uranium Mining near Grand Canyon General Discussion 3
Jimmy Best Backpacking Near Phoenix/Scottsdale? Trip Planning 1
JoshuaDyal Crossing the Green River by foot near Gates of Lodore Trip Planning 0
Dave At large camping near Glacier NP? Trip Planning 3
Skiwi Camping near Hanksville Trip Planning 1
blueeyes Primitive camping near Tusayan, AZ?? Trip Planning 3
TrektheWorld Free camping near Vernal or Jensen, Utah? Trip Planning 0
Dave Remains found near Moab General Discussion 1
Bridgette Primitive Camping Near Arches Trip Planning 2
balzaccom Walker Fire near yosemite Trip Planning 1
lostlandscapes Camping at or near Elkhart Park? Trip Planning 0
Nick Primitive camping near Joe's Valley Trip Planning 9
natylka Blm camping near zion Trip Planning 3
TrektheWorld Free camping near Zion Trip Planning 0
Jammer Parking Near Zion Trip Planning 5
F Short Overnight hikes near Salt Lake City Trip Planning 2
katuah Jeep repair near 4 corners? General Discussion 0
Nick Wolf killed near Beaver, UT General Discussion 3
J FREE camping near Zions? Trip Planning 3
Kullaberg63 Surprise swift water creek near Spanish Fork On The Water 5

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top