Explore the most popular Camping trails in Custer Gallatin National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
rocky
snow
14 days ago

Beautiful views and well worth the hike. Very difficult in winter, make sure to bring all necessary supplies and extra water. When there is more than a foot of snow on the ground you better prepare for a vey hard hike.

A nice little trail. Not too hard, just a little slippery in spots due to the snow and slope. Nothing to worry about. I could have benefited from crampons but they weren’t required. The view at the top is awesome. 1h20m up and a little less coming down. If I had to make one complaint about this trail it’s that there isn’t much to see on the way up. It’s a nice hike through the woods though.

Beautiful hike, not too bad in the snow. The lake at the top was gorgeous. Just a treat for a little under 3 miles of climbing. very easy to get to.

the lake is 3 miles and total is 6 miles in and back. terrain was rocky and slushy. into the lake is a vertical climb the entire hike.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

View was amazing. When we went 5 days ago, it was 20 degrees and snowing pretty hard. We passed only 2 other groups of people, both groups told us they turned around prior to the peak because of deep snow, and multiple bear tracks. We saw some tracks, and some bear scratches in the tree trunks... come prepared with bear spray! This hike is still my favorite hike we’ve done this whole trip. Don’t turn around! It’s worth it

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Completed the trail and camped the night of 10/5/19. The trail was snow covered, but was nice and compacted most of the way up. The last 1/4 to 2/3 of the trail is fairly deep and challenging, especially near the lake. Wind blows hard and cold at night, so bring a good tent and build a snow wall around the edges.

The hike to Blackmore Lake had an inch or two of snow. The trail was a mixture of snowpack, mud, rocks and dirt. The lake had a thin layer of ice. We took the cutoff trail from the middle of the reservoir parking lot and had to push our way through a few small trees, which then dumped snow on us LOL. It was a bit of an effort, so on our way back, we took the trail down to the Crescent Lake trail at the junction and it was much easier.

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout and beautiful views! Have done this one many times. I love how close the Bridgers are to town and that you are able to summit the peaks within a few hours from various trailheads.

hiking
1 month ago

Well worth the long, rocky drive to get to the trailhead. There was some ATV traffic, but a very pleasant trail. We made it to the lower lake which was beautiful, but completely missed the upper lake which means we have to come back!

The trail is very intense has a lot of rocks. I would like to believe that a hiking stake is very helpful. It is pretty heavily trafficked people tend to hike with their dogs. bring water and a snack. A beautiful scenic at the top.

Did the trail in very early spring, fantastic views and a great spot to hang out before heading back down

hiking
1 month ago

ditto what most people said, brutal descent but worth it! got snowed out with a quarter of a mile left to summit, kinda bummed but wasn't too into making the final push in a slushy sketchy mess.. great hike, do it!

5.5 MILES, bad recording

hiking
1 month ago

I liked the hike. I went in with my family in late July of 2019, with backpacks and camped overnight. The fishing at the lake was good. The fish are small but willing to play. Water was plentiful so if you have a filtration method you’ll not need to carry a bunch of water. The mosquitos were a bit of an issue, but not bad. Even in July it froze overnight, so be prepared for a cool evening.

Stunning weather, full sun and a breeze too. Great trail and even though always many people and more dogs, it doesn’t feel crowded. But it is that time of year and there was a bear on the trail when I turned a corner. Medium to small size and when it saw me and I clapped it quickly ran up a steep bank and then turned around to look at me. So I took a picture of it. Not a great photo as bears don’t pose all that well. Ha!! Anyway, carry bear spray and when hiking alone and turning blind corners make some noise.

hiking
1 month ago

good trail, steady uphill climb with some switchbacks around mile 3.5. The road in however was pretty bad, especially if you're hauling livestock. Probably would not go back unless they improve the road, unless it was for an extended camp trip.

Well defined trail, no chance of straying off. Not water after the first half mile or so. Steady climb to the lookout without any intermixed down or really any flat. Intimate forest and meadows for the first 3 miles then opening up to beautiful vistas.

running
rocky
2 months ago

it was a bit wet today. wear layers and good shoes in this weather. rocks over 95% of this trail, but the scenery and view is well worth it!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful hike all the way to the lake! Gallantin river on the side. It's about 90-95% rocky and clear trail. So can be done with running or trail shoes; yet, if a new hiker, better wear hiking boots with good ankle support. Bear country and someone spotted a bear lately, so be prepared and safe.

This trail has great scenery! The lake is amazing and definitely worth the 5.5 miles round trip.

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