Froze to Death Plateau
The Froze to Death Plateau is a high plateau in the northeast corner of the Beartooth Mountains. While the plateau serves as a starting point for many difficult climbs including the highest point in Montana, Granite Peak, getting to its base is a fun and scenic hike on its own. The trail starts at the Phantom Creek Trailhead and climbs steadily all the way to the top. From the top the options area almost endless. Simpler side quest include Prairieview Mountain and Saddleback Mountain to the east, Froze to Death Mountain to the west, or just general exploration of the plateau; the more skilled climber could even make an attempt at Granite Peak. There are some campsites near Slough Lake along the way for beginner or early-season backpacking. An alternate, and possibly simpler, route to the plateau starts from the next drainage up, West Rosebud, and follows a trail south from the shores of Mystic Lake up to the plateau. Either trailhead should be accessible by most vehicles.