The A-B offers countless hikes. We try to give you a few ideas, grouped by region, on the following pages.
- Beartooth Pass
- Boulder River
- Cooke City Area
- East and West Rosebud
- Paradise Valley
- Red Lodge Area
- Stillwater River
While most hiking trails are well-signed in the A-B, a map is oftentimes useful and sometimes even necessary. Different map products exist and we recommend you find the products that are right for you.
- The 1:100,000 Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness map by Beartooth Publishing gives a great overview of the A-B and is suitable for most on-trail hikes.
- There is also the 1:50,000 Beartooth Mountains map by Beartooth Publishing which covers just the east side of the A-B at double the resolution and is great for most on- and off-trail hikes.
- For maps with an even greater level of detail, the USFS’ 1:24,000 topo quads are recommended. A print version can be obtained from most USFS offices around the A-B.
- Additionally, the USGS topo maps, which lack trails, can be helpful, too. National Geographic offers print-optimized versions.
The A-B is home to both black and grizzly bears and as such food storage is required. Carrying a bear spray is highly recommended. Please consult this page for more information.
Please Leave No Trace! This includes packing out all your trash and staying on trails. This ensures the A-B can be enjoyed in its pristine way by many generations to come.
Do not camp less than 100 feet away from free flowing water and 200 feet away from lakes. Keep in mind, party size is limited to 15 people and camping in one location may not be longer than 16 days.
Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but pictures. Kill nothing but time.
For information on trail conditions in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, especially in the east part of the A-B, please have a look over at Sylvan Peak!
Gear & Equipment
Our friends at Sylvan Peak in Red Lodge, MT, Timber Trails in Livingston, MT, Base Camp in Billings, MT, and REI in Bozeman, MT will gladly help you with getting equipped for your backcountry adventure.
Information provided here may be inaccurate and the ABWF is not liable for any damages resulting from hiking trails in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.