Hellroaring Plateau

Total Miles


3,003.08 ft


1.5 Hours

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Trail Overview

Hellroaring Road is a 4x4 trail located in the Custer Gallatin National Forest outside Red Lodge, Montana near the base of the Beartooth Highway. The trail is out and back, about 6 miles long each way, and takes about 1.5hr to reach the top. It is not particularly technical but very rocky and narrow in some areas. In these narrow areas, you or your passengers may be looking straight down the mountainside! The trail is Forest Service Road 2004 or Hellroaring Rd on Google Maps. The Motor Vehicle Use Map for this area is Custer Gallatin National Forest South Beartooth Front. The trail is open to all types of off-road vehicles, including motorcycles, ATVs, and 4x4s, although according to the MVUM, open to "Highway legal vehicles only." Due to sharp turns and the narrow sections, a full-size pickup truck or long-wheel base full-size SUV is not recommended, regardless of ground clearance. The trail begins at the Hellroaring Road Trailhead, which is located off Highway 212. The Hellroaring Road trail is a great way to experience the wilderness of Montana. The trail offers stunning views of nearby Beartooth Highway and the surrounding mountains and valleys.


This is a very bumpy route with continuous rocky terrain and many sharp rocks along the way.

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Status Reports

daniel jones
Feb 10, 2024
2000 Ford F-Series Super Duty
Cameron Teerink
Sep 02, 2023
Impassable Water Crossing

Access Description

Turn off Highway 212 at the sign that says "Campgrounds" just before starting up Beartooth Highway. Continue past Parkside, Greenough, and Limber Pine campgrounds. The start of the trail is just past Limber Pine Campground. If you need to unload your toys, there is parking just past the start of the trail at 45.061894, -109.409777 (45deg03'42.8"N 109deg24'35.2"W). Consider downloading offline maps before you go. Be prepared for changing weather. Do not expect cell service, even at the top of the mountain.

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