Bear Track Trail (# 8)

Bear Track Trail (# 8) 12.5 miles long. Access is from the Bear Track Trailhead, but also from the Timberline Trailhead, or Silver Run Plateau Trailhead.

Bear Track Trail climbs steadily from Rock Creek Canyon to Silver Run Plateau. The Silver Run Plateau Trail (# 64) will veer right and descend to West Fork of Rock Creek. The trail enters the wilderness and continues across the plateau to the Timberline Trail (# 12).

*Please be aware that travelling in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness comes with additional regulations. Please know what is expected of visitors before entering the wilderness.

Distance from Bear Track Trailhead to:

  • Silver Run Plateau Trail No. 64 junction:              5 miles
  • Timberline Trail No. 12 junction:                      12.5 miles

Elevation change: 4000+ feet. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Backpacking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking.  Bicycles are only allowed in non-wilderness area between Bear Track Trailhead and Silver Run Plateau Trail junction (approx. 5 miles).

Directions from Beartooth Ranger District office to Bear Track Trailhead:
Drive south on US Hwy 212 towards Cooke City for 8.4 miles. Turn right into the Bear Track Trailhead parking lot. There is ample parking and room for horse trailers.

*Because Bear Track is on a south facing slope and in direct sunlight as you climb to the Silver Run Plateau, the trail often is free of snow at higher elevations than other trails in the area.

At a Glance

Usage: Light


Mountain Biking

Bear Track Trail climbs to the Silver Run Plateau and connects with the Silver Run Plateau Trail (# 64). Bicycles can continue down Silver Run Plateau Trail, but cannot continue further west on Bear Track (towards Timberline Trail #12). Bicycles are not allowed in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Please consult a map and be aware of this boundary.

Day Hiking

The Silver Run Plateau offers beautiful vistas and is well worth the hike.


Bear Track Trail offers the opportunity for both shorter and longer hikes. If camping on the plateau, please be aware that storms often arrive in the afternoon.

Horse Riding

Horseback riding is allowed on Bear Track Trail and all connecting trails.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
11.4 miles

  Elevation : 
6600 - 10600