Explore the most popular hiking 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.

it's an enjoyable easy hike with great scenery.

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.

trail running
27 days ago

Starts off steep for a good walking warmup. Flattens our after a quarter mile for a good run.

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

1 month ago

good day hike good to be in the forest. took my five month old dog no leash she loved it. our first time. we will hit the basin lakes trail next time.

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.

It’s an amazing hike. It is 13.8 miles to September Morn though, that’s one way.

Very nice hike, popular so lots of others there too.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail, great views

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. One of my favorite views from the peak before actually going to Sylvan. It’s a little aggressive for a moderate depending on weather conditions but worth the trip.

Don’t come here

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

Nice hike but there is no sign off main trail to Lake. I was able to use the AllTrails App map to show me the exact place to turn left. Otherwise I might not have been able to find it.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Ridiculous. If you hate great views, nice scenery and nature, then pass on the surreal and amazing hike. Favorite!

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.

7/15/2018

The trail to Sylvan is a steep one, almost a 1000 ft of elevation gain per mile, all the way up to the pass. I am heading there again this weekend to fish, the golden trout is the draw, lots of them I'm told, purest strain in Montana, and there are so many, fish and game suggests you harvest some, lol!

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!

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