This campsite was a high altitude stunner. We were up around 8600 ft or so above sea level in an alpine tundra. The main reason we came all the way up here was that the temperatures below were extremely hot. We’re talking above 95F as we were coming up the Beartooth Highway. Finally things cooled off a bit up here, though not by much. We still were having 85F daytime temps even at this altitude.
Anyways, it was wonderful to explore this super high elevation playground. Travelling up the road a couple miles got to the peak of Beartooth pass at over 10,000ft above sea level. Up at the summit temperatures were in the low 60s which was a nice relief. The road itself was under major construction as they were re-routing it around some wetland area that flooded the road a few too many times as per the traffic controller.
There was a large lake right across the street that was perfect for SUPing as well as just hanging out and hiking by the water. We also got in a bunch of fun 4x4 exploring along the forest service roads in this area. It is some of the most beautiful wheeling we have done to date, coming upon endless meadows of wildflowers (even in mid-August!), moraines, and snow fields.
I also got a good amount of mountain biking in which was cool to do in such a place. Tooling around the alpine tundra was unlike any off-trail mountain biking I have done before.