Beartooth Highway Update – 6/3/13 12:00 pm

This just in from the Montana Department of Transportation:

US-212; South of Red Lodge              The Beartooth Pass is open to Cooke City, but there is blowing and drifting snow near the West Summit on the Wyoming side.  Travelers need to be aware there could be icy roads at the higher elevations.  The Park Service will continue to plow to keep the road clear on the Wyoming side but should the weather get any worse, the Beartooth could be closed at the State line.

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Fishing Beartooth Highway

The cutthroat is the only true western native trout. Originally wide spread throughout the state, it is now relegated to the higher, cooler, more inaccessible back country lakes and streams. Cutthroats are easily identified by the bright red “cut” on the lower jaw.


Beartooth Highway Wyoming & Montana

Whirlpools often form when water rushes through a rough channel.  Water glancing off rocks starts spinning as it is hit by other water rushing by.  Any material caught up in the whirlpool will spin with the water.  In time, spinning sand, pebbles and grave may carve potholes, like the ones seen in the rocks above the bridge.  During the construction of Lake Creek bridge, boulders were removed from the creek’s bed the water channel was changed exposing the potholes.  Watch for them when you visit Lake Creek Falls.