Janice Cessna, Hiking

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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:23pm Janice Cessna

Backpacking the Beartooth's Beaten Path.

Think a beaten path is for newbies and the unimaginative? Think again and meet the Beaten Path of Yellowstone country. “It’s a popular trail because it’s a beautiful trail,” says the USFS officer during a pre-hike visit to the Beartooth Ranger District in Red Lodge. Although, he quickly reminds me, “popular” in a southwest Montana Wilderness Area is a far cry from the intense crowds visiting the region’s national parks.

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, Montana
One of many alpine lakes along the way

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