Explore the most popular Camping 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.

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snow
3 days ago

we were able to drive right to the lake. the gate wasn't closed. Still able to walk around the lake. Ice on bottom snow pack on top.

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!

hiking
9 days ago

Little rough with the snow but still very enjoyable! Half way to island lake the snow is about 1.5 ft deep but easily maneuverable!

hiking
snow
17 days ago

Still a good amount of people on the trail! It is still very accessible as of nov 2! Love doing this hike!

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rocky
snow
1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail. Went Oct 19 which is the latest in the season I’ve gone. About halfway up the path is rocks and ice and I think reasonably risky in terms of slipping and falling and having a major injury. I wouldn’t do it again in those conditions. Visibility at the top overlooking the lake and dam was good but not perfect. Insanely windy once we cleared the pass to the overlook, we didn’t stay long before heading right back down.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect trail for beginners. Not easy but not hard. Family and dog friendly. It was too foggy for us to see the lake when we finished. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

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muddy
snow
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.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Easy trail for kids and older adults. Literally almost park next to lake....it’s very quiet and peaceful this week. No one else there when we went

hiking
muddy
snow
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.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best weekend backpacks you'll ever do. It's hard to beat the sheer amount of beautiful waterfalls and lakes on this trail. It's mainly moderately difficult with a few sections that are strenuous. Plenty of good camping spots throughout the trail. Not too crowded on a september weekend which is nice.

hiking
2 months ago

Great conditions today. A little breezy at the top but otherwise perfect. We encountered only a few people when we headed out at 10 am on a Wednesday morning in the fall and only a cute marmot as far as wildlife.

BEAUTIFUL trail!

hiking
2 months ago

What a beutiful hike!. We only saw a few people.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with wonderful views. I have taken this trip a dozen times and am never disappointed. Watch for black bears early spring.

hiking
2 months ago

I could do this every year and never get tired of it. Calendar Picture Perfect

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!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Hi, looking to arrange a key swap. We will be heading Cooke to E Rosebud the week of Sept 15 and can adjust dates somewhat to match up. Email scatir@gmail.com. Thanks

hiking
2 months ago

Great short trail for kids and easy fishing spot too!

hiking
2 months ago

The lake is about 14.5 miles round trip. Very beautiful

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rocky
2 months ago

Loved this trail, so many different views and sites. Every lake had different scenery as well as unique rock formations, mountains and meadows. Did not fish but there was plenty of activity and a ton of places to top off your water bottle. If you are backpacking and use the Sawyer squeeze i highly suggest bringing one of the squeeze bags (have mine setup as a drip system) for on the go drinking and using the drip in camp. Otherwise have fun and happy trails fellow hikers!

backpacking
2 months ago

Key Swap: Looking for a key swap on Friday the 27th. We are planning on doing a 2 or 3 day trip and are willing to go either direction. Please email me if you are interested in arranging something. Thanks! sophiawebb77@yahoo.com

hiking
2 months ago

WARNING! Although rare, there IS a black bear on the Mystic trail. I was coming down from the Lake and the last 3/4 mile the bear was ON the trail. He/She was pretty occupied looking at the ground and didn’t see us right away but when it did, hipped very quickly over the other side of the creek. Once the bear got passed is, it came back over to our side to get back on the trail. This was only 3/4 mile from the trailhead! Ensure you are keeping your eyes open and bear spray cans readily available. Of this is the same bear as two weeks ago, she may have claimed this area and possibly hibernating and going to frequent it next year with babies - just my theory! The hike is absolutely worth it though.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes to do as a day trip. Big pay off

hiking
2 months ago

Good for small kids

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rocky
2 months ago

running
2 months ago

Key Swap: Looking for a key swap on October 5th or 6th. We are planning to take one day and are willing to go either way. Email me if interested! annadeleray@gmail.com

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

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