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trail running
1 day ago

Ran/hiked this trail 8/8 from Cooke City to East Rosebud. Perfect weather, mosquitos weren’t bad as long as you had spray on, saw deer, chipmunks, marmots, lots of fish and a grizzly. The most beautiful scenery out there. Highly recommend!

Looking for a key swap August 24 or 25, saraquinn2006@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Looking to do a key/car swap August 22nd for this trip. Please email cseniorita@hotmail.com if interested. Thanks!
-Jessica

Beautiful trail. Great for taking our dog.

hiking
3 days ago

The reward is worth it when you get to the top. The last mile isn’t easy but it’s doable. Have appropriate shoes, I saw a handful of people with tennis shoes/ no support on and they’ll probably regret that. Took us a few mins past an hour to get to the top. Highly recommend starting before 9:00 am to beat the heat.

A nice hike with varying terrain that keeps one interested and focused. It's billed as an easy family hike and thus I saw lots of unprepared hikers in improper shoes, clothing and with small children. While it is a nice day hike, one should still come prepared and know there are some somewhat dangerous areas for littles or those without proper shoes.

fun hike, cool lake and lots of wildlife.
we were charged at by a moose so bring bear spray

Met lots of people and dogs. First mile is nice and easy with lots of huckleberries. Rocky trail for the last mile and a half, with lots of switchbacks. Lake is worth the hike- spend some time there.

Great hike. Not too difficult, not too easy. Very steady incline all the way up, only had to stop once on the way to the top. I've read that there's some confusion as to where the turnoff to Lost Lake is, just look for a tree that's been cut and on top of the cut is a little rock cairn. Turn left there and it's about another 1/4 to 1/2 mile. I'll share a picture for reference.

backpacking
8 days ago

Looking to do a key swap 8/25, ideally going Southbound. Thinking of meeting in Livingston and switching cars that morning.

If interested, please email Ryanscuddy@gmail.com
Thanks!

Looking for someone to key swap with 8/16-19. We are flexible as to which direction we will go. Please email jflyons7@yahoo.com. Thanks!

backpacking
9 days ago

we left from Cooke City last week and hiked for three days. Skeeters were bad until Russel Lake, then no issues as we climbed higher. Creek/river crossings were not a problem, but at least 4 required water shoes, but nothing dangerous. We saw evidence of bears but did not encounter any. Stunning scenery everywhere.

Great trail conditions. Wildlife and campsite is great!

backpacking
10 days ago

Wonderful from the bottom all the way up. Can see why it's popular. That being said, don't expect to have the world to yourself in the least.

hiking
11 days ago

The trail was short, but steep. It’s totally worth the climb! The wildflowers, rushing water and scenic mountain views are beautiful. Start early before the trail becomes busy (and before afternoon thunderstorms!) and definitely carry bear spray.

backpacking
12 days ago

Went during a rainstorm in late September which made the trail a bit more difficult to maneuver but still a beautiful hike. The lake was freezing but that didn't stop us from getting in - would love to go again when the weather is nicer and spend a bit of time enjoying the lake.

it's a good steep trail, especially the last mile. Almost crawling at times, but manageable. view at the top is amazing. The water is nice and cold, excellent for soothing tired feet. Most of the trail is shaded, helping reduce sunburn. be prepared for the long dirt road to the trailhead. The road is not bad with only a few Rocky bits and wash board areas. great hike for plus size hikers looking for a challenge! bring plenty of water, rain gear for after noon showers and bear spray of course.

took my 65 year old father in law, and two 7 year olds, was awesome. Wear good shoes, lots of rocky trail parts.

hiking
14 days ago

Would like to do a key/car swap Aug 11-14. Ideally would like to hike North->South, leaving our car at the Cooke City (south) end. Contact me at sdeem@mac.com if interested in arranging something...

Steve

hiking
14 days ago

Breath taking views! The hike to the lake is a constant incline. It is easy until about a mile in then it’s moderately/hard incline hike to the lake.
If I was out of shape, I could do this hike but it would be a struggle. I saw a lot of out of shape people who finished the hike.
This is a good practice hike for people who want to work up to moderate to hard backpacking.

hiking
15 days ago

Would like to do a key swap 8/8-8/12 if timing works for someone. Will be hiking from Cooke City to East Rosebud with my son beginning the morning of the 8th. Contact me at montanafos@gmail.com if interested. Thanks...

Would like to do a key swap in the window 9/4 - 9/8 ideally, if someone else is looking to skip the Labor Day rush. Prefer to do Cooke City to East Rosebud but could be persuaded to go the other way and shift days a few in either direction if there's no other choice. Please contact junemolgaard@hotmail.com

So beautiful. Our favorite trip so far in MT. A couple creek crossings where we got to take off our shoes :) saw a black bear on the trail. Great camping at rainbow lake.

hiking
17 days ago

Quick decision to go hiking in this beautiful wilderness,so I wasn’t 100% prepared(hammock and few layers) camp my first night at rosebud camping site with beautiful alpine views,continued the next morning on the trail to cook city,hiked about 12miles and camp the night at dunngen then decide next morning to turn around and hiked with a group back to resebud,before getting back, spend another night at elk lake and finish my wilderness trip the following morning~ breathtaking views and paradise wilderness ,recommend this hike,just came prepare,can get pretty cold and wilderness is all around you,bear spray is good protection 7-25 / 7-28

hiking
19 days ago

Hitting the trail next week for 5 full days after a long awaited delay from hurricane Harvey. Having a hard time trying to decide what portions of the trail to hike through and what portions to spend extra time in ( bc it all looks amazing). Would like to explore some side trails/ lakes. Any recommendations on the best lakes to camp at that offer the best off the main trail excursions? Any advice is much appreciated!!

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked this trail about four years ago, and it is absolutely gorgeous. Great scenery and stunning views. Going to go again at the end of July.

I'm looking for a key exchange. My group is hiking from Clark's fork trailhead on July 31st to East Rosebud on August 3rd. Would love to make something work, email Pete at peter.s.weber@ndus.edu. Thanks!

hiking
21 days ago

July 4 - July 7, 2018
Cooke City to E. Rosebud
Snow from Ouzel Lake to Dewey Lake (125% average snow pack for the year). Snow was mostly firm, easy to hike on with a little post holing. Trail was mostly covered during this stretch and GPS was helpful (little to no tracks to follow). Rivers were high and most crossings required wet wading. Dry camp sites and trail were easy to find below 9500' or so. Incredible amount of mosquitoes this year.
Amazing views, very good quality trail. An absolute classic.

hiking
22 days ago

Non-stop uphill for the first 1.5 miles, then it levels off and heads down to the lake. The views are awesome. The road in is rough but passible with passenger cars. I would advise that you have heavy tread on your tires as standard auto tires may be damaged by the rocks and such. Off road treads are best.

backpacking
22 days ago

If anyone is looking to do a key exchange in August. We are entering on the 12th and getting off trail on the 16th. We will be going from Cooke City to East Rosebud. If interested email mdrewerickson12@gmail.com

very lovely hike. the lake can't really be called a lake, but on such a gorgeous day it was all stunning.

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