Road trip guide: Conquering Goose Lake in Montana

Goose Lake is a fish-filled mountain lake in a tree-less, high-altitude basin at an elevation of 3.021m (9,911ft) above the sea level, located in Park County, in the U.S. state of Montana.

Goose Lake

Set high in the rugged Beartooth Mountains, within the Custer Gallatin National Forest, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called Lulu Pass Trail Road. One mistake can have serious consequences. It’s an old mining road built between 1905 and 1906 to reach a copper lode in the area of Goose Lake. A traveler on this road must be experienced and completely devoted to safe, slow and obstacle-conscious driving to deter danger.

Located north of Cooke City, it’s one of the highest roads of Montana. 4x4 with high clearance vehicle required. This is definitely not a Sunday drive. This trail is open from mid July until the end of September most years. The drive is very scenic passing by a few other mountain lakes. Starting from Beartooth Highway, the drive to the lake is 14km (8.69 miles) long.
Pic: PastorJohnMontana