Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Custer 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.

Made it almost the whole way without snow on the trail. A little snow packed down at the end, but nothing you’d need snowshoes for. Started the hike at 12:30 and made it out with plenty of sunlight. Saw mountain goats too!

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1 month ago

Short but elevated quickly - pretty falls. You would have to go off trail to get closer - it’s doable but you have to pay attention for safety.

Excellent trail - goes right along the Stillwater for first mile - just a lot of fun and beauty. Even though weather last week trail was clear and dry all the way up.

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1 month ago

Trail was slick and muddy but a great hike. Frozen on the way in and muddy on the way out. The payoff is well worth it. Highly recommend. Only saw 1 other couple hiking. Took 4 hours in and out stopping for lunch at Elk Lake.

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rocky
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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Snow but not a problem - nice and quiet this week. All by ourselves and the views are nice with first taste of white on the trees. Water coming down the mountain is a great sound as you hike up at the beginning and trail is straightforward Roads were clear and dry - great time to take an afternoon off to clear your senses and head :)

Super pretty with the snow. Unfortunately as it all melted it made the trail mush and we turned back just before the end.

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1 month ago

Late season hike. Recent snow fall that started melting on our way back to the trailhead which made for a muddy hike back. Stunning views with the clouds and snow covered trees.

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1 month ago

It was snowing during my hike today. The trail was beautiful; follows along a river and there is a nice waterfall and pretty little lake at the end. It was a fairly easy trail for a nice day hike. I passed two hikers along the way. I saw several deer and turkey.

BEAUTIFUL trail!

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rocky
2 months ago

I'm so glad that we did this hike at the end of season. The trail is beautiful in the beginning with the creek next to the trail. Than you have the moss, mushrooms and the waterfalls. The trail to the lake are uphill steep in many spots with to rocks and tree roots on the trail. I took an extra bottle of water with and way Thankful. We stopped by the lake with the lilly on it and had a quick snack before heading up to basin lake. This is a beautiful hike with not much traffic on it.

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2 months ago

Great hike! Weather was perfect. Well traveled trail. Definitely take the opportunity to go to the Upper Basin lake, don’t stop at the lower basin.

Nice trail. All up hill but not steep

Pretty Trail close to water. Lots of stream and waterfall pics. Beautiful lake at the end. The only thing that is rough is the drive in. Utterly miserable. The last 9 miles takes 30 min!!!

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2 months ago

Great trail. Mostly uphill all the way to the lake. Lots of waterfalls as first half of trail is right. by creek.

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2 months ago

Nice and quiet

Great hike we went from Lake fork trail head up to September Morn lake where we dropped our packs and set up camp. Then we hiked up the Sundance pass sans packs. The view at the top was breathtaking. The hike up the pass was actually easier than I expected for the looks of the switchbacks on the map. Easy hike back down to camp. There was great camping along the lake and we were the only ones there (early September) overall the trail was not too difficult and was well marked and not too rugged (compared to most the Absarokee Bearthooths).

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2 months ago

The lake is about 14.5 miles round trip. Very beautiful

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2 months ago

Finally got to make it all the way to the lake (have had to turn back previously for a variety of reasons) and absolutely loved he hike and it was worth every step! Didn’t want to leave. Was envious of the people who backpacked in and were spending days there. there was a moose and saw another one on opposite side so take precautions especially with dogs.

Beautiful, shaded trail with a steady incline. More than 3 miles to the lower lake, just under 1.5 more to the second lake. We clocked 10 miles yesterday, but did walk along the lake shores a bit. The reflection of the trees and clouds in the lower lake was stunning and the fish were jumping in the upper lake. The waterfall near the beginning of the trail is gorgeous and you'll get your heart rate up on this one.

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

I have both hiked it and rode horses to this lake. It is a very Rocky ride, but not steep. Beautiful place to go. September 1, 2019.

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