East Rosebud Trail to Elk Lake

MODERATE 22 reviews
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East Rosebud Trail to Elk Lake is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roscoe, MT that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and fishing and is accessible from May until October.

6.7 miles 936 feet Out & Back

fishing

hiking

walking

lake

river

waterfall

wild flowers

2 months ago

Awesome hike. Easy. There were parts of the road that were rough but I've been on many worse. Several mentioned seeing moose but we didn't see any.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Will definitely be doing again!

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great short easy hike with very scenic views! I didn't see much wildlife, but the waterfalls and the lakes were amazing enough. A must do for Montana hikes! If you can walk through the mall for a few hours, then this hike will be easy and totally worth it!

3 months ago

Dirt road to the trailhead was well groomed, easy access. Nice easy trail, gorgeous lake, saw a couple of moose on the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail with my 4 and 6 year old with minimal whining! They loved the lake... So clear and fun to play in. Worst part of the whole trip was E Rosebud Lake Road... That has to be one of the worst roads to drive on! Other than that beautiful hike, easy enough for young kids... It did get a little long for them but they were very pleased they didn't give up!

hiking
4 months ago

This was a nice trail, with wild raspberries & huckleberries along the way. The highlight for me was seeing two moose about a mile up the trail. We stopped at a lookout rock to look over the lake & they were just emerging from the pines at the lake's edge.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

Great hike, easy to moderate.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Fun hike. My husband and I took our 12, 6, and 4 year olds, and even though it was a bit longer than I originally thought, the kids did great!! Elk Lake was beautiful...and cold. :)

hiking
5 months ago

Great day hike, brought the kids. A four year old did it and did great. Road is rough going in but worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

A rare gem of a hike with beautiful views that make you stop and just enjoy what is out there. Easy trail to the lake with opportunities to continue on for plenty of other lakes and hidden treasures (grasshopper glacier). Hiking, camping, fishing, waterfall, has it all!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Very doable, especially the trip back. Breathtaking views throughout.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail made for a wonderful day hike. The whole hike (to elk lake) takes about 2 hours and you have amazing views the whole way. We saw a moose with two babies at the lake too which was very cool. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a fairy easy day hike!

hiking
6 months ago

Great! Saw a mama moose with two calves!

hiking
6 months ago

So so beautiful, I love the hike. Pretty easy, with an amazing view the whole way

hiking
6 months ago

not a bad hike at all..out and back to the vehicle in right at 4 hours, but that included time to take almost 350 pictures..was actually thinking about going on to Rainbow lake, but there was a cow moose and her calf hanging out in the trail just south of Elk, and did not want to risk that encounter..overall, very enjoyable...

fishing
9 months ago

Quick and easy in and out. My son caught his first Montana fish (and two more) here. Beautiful lake, great scenery.

1 year ago

Easy hike from East Rosebud lake along a creek , up a valley to Elk Lake. Very scenic the entire trip. Area is still recovering from a wildfire which occurred a long time ago. Elk Lake is a great picnic spot and beautiful.