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.

the Hike is amazing. nice and open most of the day. a well maintained trail with plenty of places to stop for photo ops. saw 2 moose down in the marsh area at the first look out about a mile in.

first waterfall is only 1.5 miles in. which is where you'll start most of your elevation gain. you'll easily gain 300+ in elevation in just a few switch backs. its surprisingly pretty gradual elevation gain. little effort with a huge reward.

this hike is animal friendly. watch out for the horse poop. usually pretty busy, except on rainy days. great hike for kids and excellent plus size hiker trail.

the drive out is easily 2 hours from the Billings area. paved until you get about 10 miles west of Roscoe. then dirt and gravel road the rest of the way out. with a small paved section in the middle. the gravel on part takes as much as an hour to travel depending on speed and clearance. took my Subaru outback out and had no issues.

hiking
20 days ago

Awesome hike with a gorgeous views

hiking
21 days ago

Not too difficult of a trail. Rocky right towards the top. Can be windy at the lake depending on weather. Took us about an hour and 15 minutes to hike up and an hour back. Beautiful views and fall colors are incredible.

What a gorgeous trail! It's pretty steep to the first lake (5mi round trip) but significantly less steep to get to the second, larger like (8mi round trip). Totally worth going that extra 1.5 miles. We also found wild raspberries!

Good trail for family. We would like to go back in a few years after everything recovers from the burn a few years back....

Absolutely beautiful scenery & an easy hike for our group. The fall colors were starting to show (mid-September) and we didn’t encounter any bugs...or bears. There is little to no shade, so definitely wear a hat and bring sunscreen. You’ll want to take photos! This might be in my Top 5 for day hikes in the Beartooths given the incredible views.

Our group is starting from Clark’s fork side and hiking 9/19-9/20. Anyone interested in doing a key swap?
Brittinytownsend@gmail.com

looking to do a car swap 9/20 or 9/21. we're planning to hike it over 3 days / 2 nights. please contact me if interested: Trevor, treleemiller@gmail.com

Howdy. Looking for a car swap this sat, 9/22.

Ron

ronoslavski@gmail.com

hiking
1 month ago

Anyone interested in a car swap starting the afternoon of the 25th, return 27th evening or 28th morning?

Ron

ronoslavski@gmail.com

The trail was easy to follow. It was a climb and took us over 2 hours to get to the lake. hiking shoes definitely recommend

Absolutely loved it ! I did continue on the trail several miles further and it was all worth it
If your debating weather or not to do this. Do it you will regret nothing.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail, great views

Did the whole Jeep trail it was awesome Started at the base and exited on to the fire roads.

hiking
1 month ago

Looking to car swap from sept 8th-10th. Don’t care about direction, really,

Email me lgtheophilo@gmail.com

nature trips
1 month ago

Very beautiful and very well kept. The hike is worth every step!

Love this hike! It’s a good hike and a rewarding view at the top! We started our hike at 6am which was perfect because it was cool for us through the burn area!!

We hiked this trail 8/22/2018 to Quinnebaugh Meadows, which is truly gorgeous, and from there up to Lake Mary. The trail starts through a couple miles of the 2008 Cascade Fire burn so it’s a harsh (and hot) landscape for a bit. The upside is that the trail is wallpapered with raspberry bushes so the going can be slow if you’re a picker. Then into the woods with a gradual incline and several spots to peek at the creek. The meadow is a beautiful place to have lunch and a rest. Then up — and up and up — the trail to Lake Mary; it’s a pretty hard ascent for a little more than a mile, but the views down to the valley are pretty spectacular. The lake itself is pretty enough but not amazing.

Very pretty trail! Word of advice— as you walk along the creek, keep an eye out for the makeshift bridge, or you’ll end up leap frogging logs only to find a dead end. Maybe that’s a newbie mistake, but it cost me 20 minutes round trip haha. This is towards the beginning of the trail, when you’re right beside the creek in the trees. I’d also recommend going to the second lake; while the first lake is cute and scenic, it is more the size of a very large pond. The second lake is a proper mountain lake, located in a small crater with large mountains rising beside it. Worth the trip.

1 month ago

Awesome!

We did this last week and WOW! We were going to do 3 nights 4 days, but ended up 2 nights 3 days. Started at Cooke City. Wild flowers in full bloom and lots of water rolling. First night we were into a pretty heavy mountain storm which made for a somewhat sleepless night. But, WOW!!! Not sure how I top this hike. Loved it.

Anyone interested in a car swap on Saturday August 25? We are from Bozeman (group of 5 or 6) and could start at either end. If interested, shoot me a message. Thanks! russellronda52@gmail.com

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month 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

1 month 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
1 month 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!!!

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