Explore the most popular fishing 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.

backpacking
17 hours ago

Anyone looking to do a keyswap/carswap around 8/26? We are wanting to go in on the 26th and out on the 1st. Ideally going in at Island Lake and out of East Rosebud but could go vice-versa or if easier we can drive to Cooke City to leave a car and then go out East Rosebud. Email me justin.lewis@knights.ucf.edu

Open to other options too potentially.

hiking
23 hours ago

This was the most beautiful hike I have been on to date. Even though I have read the reviews, I could not really imagine the amount of pristine, huge mountain lakes, streams and waterfalls. I hiked with my 2 teens and we started at noon on Saturday (18th) and came out at 6pm on Sunday (19th). The mosquitoes were hardly a problem. But we did get hit by heavy rain, some thunder (never saw lightning) and low temps. We weren't quite prepared for that and had to camp earlier than expected on Saturday because we didn't have gloves or hats. Otherwise, the weather was perfect. Definitely add this to your "must do" list if you haven't yet hiked it.

looking for a key swap starting august 20th, we are from Bozeman if that helps, email kjpoch@gmail.com

3 days ago

Heavy traffic on the weekends, but much more quiet during the week. Lots of wild raspberries and the views from the top of the canyon were worth every step!

Well maintained trail. Raspberries, and Huckleberries just off the trail. Hiked to Elk Lake, bring big spray.

Great hike but the real beauty is in the first mile or two waking along the river. The views throughout are amazing but the lake at the end is slightly underwhelming. Still an amazing trail and very easy to do!

backpacking
4 days ago

Excellent trail with breathtaking scenery. Cool temperatures at the start beside the rapids. I recommend jeans or comfortable pants due to heavy foliage at certain spots. Trail is fairly busy for about the first mile. It is a horse trail as well, so watch for the droppings. I did the trek to the Flood Creek Bridge which is 10 miles round-trip. Small children may tire quickly within the first mile. Bring two bottles of water and some trail mix. Remember to bring all your trash back out with you. Happy Trekking!!!

backpacking
4 days ago

We were a group of 10 from CA and MD. Amazing trip from Cooke City to East Rosebud. The scenery was amazing. July 25, 2018 to Kersey Lake (mosquitos were horrific). July 26 to Ouzel Lake (mosquitos still bad, Lake was beautiful like watching an aquarium. Had one in group with altitude sickness. We hung out at the lake until feeling better, and continue the trek). Amazing waterfalls. Steep down hill trail. July 27 to Elk Lake with Petra. The huckleberries were amazing.
Enjoyed hiking with you Petra!! July 28 to East Rosebud. Looking forward to doing this again.

Simple hike with stunning views the entire journey out to Elk Lake. Plenty of waterfalls on your way out to the Lake, and a breathtaking view of the valley once you're there. And if your hot, or bold, hop in the lake and enjoy the fresh mountain water! You won't need a coffee after 10 seconds in there!

Easy hike! Breathtaking views!!

backpacking
4 days ago

My son and I backpacked from Cooke City to East Rosebud a week ago over 4 days. Mosquitos were not an issue and only one grizzly encounter on night #1 at Russell Lake. No water crossing required boot removal (although I do fill em up once when a large boulder rolled on me with a couple steps to go). Amazing trail, amazing scenery and maybe saw a couple dozen people over the entire length. Wonderful experience. Next time will spend a couple more days and focus on fishing a bit more.

Calendar picture perfect!

Great Hike! Be sure to cross the creek when the trail sign says keep left. It was very dark when we went and didn’t see the makeshift bridge that was back a ways. We ended up taking a big detour to find the trail again.

trail running
6 days 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
8 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.

Well kept trail with two beautiful lakes and a waterfall. The trail is well worn but the markings are poor and it's easy to get off trail if you're not paying close attention.

Lots of uphill, with short bursts of flat. The waterfalls at the bottom and the wild raspberries in the burned out area are a plus. Look for the little cabin at mile 2. Lake is nice, but not the “gorgeous mountain lake” I was looking for.

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.

Wildflowers were remarkable, mostly the Fireweed. Lake is much bigger than usual due to high snow melt this year, creek crossings are moderately difficult without getting wet. I'd consider this a mild-moderate hike. The first mile is definitely a tough warm-up, the last 3.5 miles are a bit easier.

backpacking
13 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
15 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.

Pretty trail and views. Very rocky, need shoes or boots if taking horses.

backpacking
16 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.

Isn't maintained and expect a lot of water! Good hike, lots of fun.

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