(nr Cooke City MT)
After leaving Yellowstone National Park, I found a camp just before dark along the Beartooth Highway. No tent campers allowed due to frequent grizzly visits. A deer greeted me as I paid my fee. The morning light revealed a nice view of the mountains.
Driving the highway, I came across a pull-out at Crazy Creek Falls. An amazing fall and cascade was a very short hike from the road. The trail continued into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
Further up the road, there was another fall. I believe it was Lake Creek Falls, that flowed from a couple of lakes upstream. The water was funneled through a narrow gap, so it plunged rapidly and was mostly foamy.
Some impressive cliffs were seen, and jagged peaks loomed in the distance. For my short trip on the Beartooth Highway, I got to see some of my favorite things.
One last stop was at Clarks Fork overlook. From there, you could see into the expansive canyon where the Clarks Fork-Yellowstone River flowed.
Luckily, my route did not continue up to the almost 11,000 ft Beartooth Pass. Instead, I turned onto Chief Joseph Highway heading back southeast into Wyoming.
Camp: Custer NF-Colter CG drycamp
Scene: Mountains, cliffs, creeks, waterfalls