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The Beartooth Mountains
are the large, dramatic, inspiring set of crags located in south-central Montana and are part of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
. This range includes areas such as Custer
NF. One of the more recognizable formations here is Granite Peak
, the highest point in Montana. The name of the mountain range is attributed to a rugged peak, Beartooth Peak
, that has resembles that of a bear's tooth. Many adventures await the climber who sets out for a day or two in the Beartooth Mountains
. Some of the more recognized areas here include Beartooth Pass
, East Rosebud Lake
, Granite Peak, Hell Roaring Plateau
, and Stillwater River Canyon
. Expect inclement weather changes, high altitude climbing, and varying alpine conditions. Plateaus are found at altitudes in excess of 10,000 feet and the mountains have hundreds of lakes and streams. Winters are severe with heavy snow and torrent wind.
Most all of the crags here are composed of Precambrian granite and crystalline metamorphic rock. These formations are around 4 billion years old and some of the oldest on Earth.
The mountains are just northeast of Yellowstone. Access to the mountains are gained be traveling on the Beartooth Highway - U.S. 212. See Individual Crags for more directions.