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Hike 50: Clay Butte Overlook from the Beartooth Highway. The Clay Butte Overlook Trail begins at the 9,811-foot Clay Butte Fire Lookout perched on the south tip of the butte. The butte consists of sedimentary rock left by an ancient inland sea. The trail crosses the expansive alpine plateau, rich with wildflowers, to the north edge of the weathered cliffs, offering a unique view of the backside of Beartooth Butte. The panoramic views are as spectacular as you will find anywhere. The Beartooth Mountains, Beartooth Butte, the Clarks Fork Valley, the twisting highway, and the peaks of the Absaroka Range are all visible from this high mountain overlook. At the lookout tower are interpretive displays of the 1988 Yellowstone Fires, the impact which can be seen from the lookout.
Table of ContentsEach hike includes a summary, driving directions, hiking directions, and a map. (1) Introduction and master map of all hikes (2) Beartooth Front: Stillwater, West Rosebud, East Rosebud (3) West Fork of Rock Creek: Red Lodge area (4) Main Fork and Lake Fork of Rock Creek: Red Lodge area (5) Beartooth Plateau and Beartooth Highway (6) Cooke City area (7) Yellowstone National Park: Northeast Entrance (8) Boulder Valley (9) Paradise Valley: East Side to the Boulder Valley (10) Billings (11) Index