Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

I would like to start out by saying this is a really nice hike but when you get to the lake which seems to be more of a wide spot in the river kind of a disappointment but otherwise the views are awesome and the hike was fairly easy I’m way out of shape but the trail was marked and not to bad the hike back is way less hard the going in

17 days ago

Great trail to an impressive waterfall. Trail easy to find roads in all paved so no issues and trail dry

great starter trail

25 days ago

My five year old and 2 dogs hiked this today. We got there early so only saw a few people. This trail was perfect for a kid, especially with the payoff of the waterfall at the end!

great trail, for every level!!

We plan on returning with the kids. Great walk. Dog friendly. Very easy.

1 month ago

Super easy hike. Quick trip for something to do while camping. Waterfall is beautiful! Trail is for all ages.

Enjoyed hiking this trail with family. Pretty easy hike. There is part of the hike where the hill is steep for a little bit, but not terrible! Gorgeous nature views, and the lake is breathtaking!

We plan on returning with the kids. Great walk. Dog friendly. Very easy.

2 months ago

Good little hike! Great views and beautiful waterfall!

Should have brought snowshoes. But it was a beautiful hike for me, my sweetie & our labs.

6 months ago

I would rate this hike as more difficult than moderate, which is due the path being very narrow in a lot of places and a heavy amount of rocks on the trail. However, the scenery more than made up for the difficulty level!

I wasn't able to get to Phantom Lake (1000yds short) due to deep snow.

Great trail. Beautiful views and lots of little bridges. My young lab puppy did well on this.

horseback riding
7 months ago

I've done this horseback and on foot, one of my favorite places. I love it up there. can be a very busy trail but I think its worth it. It's a nice hike, I see kids doing it regulary.

It’s an easy out and back, especially if bringing kids along. The trail starts behind a campground, it was confusing to find at first because there are multiple trails that start from this campground, one leads to palisade trail and the other is this one. Overall a fun hike, super easy elevation and my dog loved the creek. There is some snow towards the end of the hike, did not see any wildlife.

pretty, restrooms, parking, short walk but nice little lake

This Island Lake Trail depicted is on private land and should not be in this app. The lake itself is not on private land, but right on the border between the ranch and USFS. There is another route from the northwest, available on topo maps, all on public land and you will be legal.

8 months ago

9 months ago

Spent two nights near the top of the lake back in late May. Runoff was killer and we had to go off trail several times because the trail was underneath the water. several fallen trees over the trail. great views, would be better later in the season with trail maintenance and runoff down

lovely walk. could be a great 5 mile look for running. took my mother that is not big into hiking yet and she loved it. there is a short cut to make it a e mile loop, we opted for that just so she didn't get too tired in the end. Very Leisurely and enjoyable.

9 months ago

Fish were too easy to catch at Phantom lake. We lost the trail just below the lake but made our way to the lake and across to the other end where there was a nice place to set up camp near the water. Only ones up there 4th of July weekend.

What a beautiful trail! We hit the trailhead around 8:00 am on an unusually cool and clear August morning and enjoyed breathtaking views on the way up to Broadwater Lake. My MapMyRun app measured 3.9 miles in. We decided to explore Lost Lake which added another 2-3 miles and two hours to our hike. The clouds formed around us and we saw limited views due to the rolling fog. But it is a beautiful lake with two small islands. We had a few stream crossings over logs or large rocks. Watch for a few waterfalls. All total, MapMyRun measured 11.5 miles in about 5 hours, not counting stops. I really appreciate how the AllTrails app allows you to see where you are on the trail even without the Internet. Very useful when trying to find Lost Lake!

Very beautiful hike!

I searched day hikes around Red Lodge and this one came up. I didn't plan on it being as great as it was. We didn't prepare for rough terrain so it being easy worked out. Besides it being very scenic we also saw a couple moose. It's busy with dogs and family's which I think is great. Perfect day hike.

Great hike. We went about 3 miles in and the trail becomes a bit more shaded with switchbacks in a few places. Great waterfalls just a short detour off the main trail as you go up, and alongside the trail in he beginning of the shaded area. Lots of wildflowers in late July. Even the burned sections were growing a lot of brush and were gorgeous. Great views. Fun with the dog along too.

Lovely trail that is well defined and as the description is stated. The flowers and butterflies alone were worth the trip.

Love this trail. Scenery is great. Stream has trout begging to be caught. Elevation gain is slow so the hiking is easy.

Easy, meandering trail that follows the river with gorgeous views of the mountains. Go in at least 3.7 miles to the meadow and "lake."

Very nice hike. We hiked to Lost lake( 11 miles r/t, 2.5 hours in, 2 hours out, 1500 ft vertical). Roaring stream with wild flowers. There were about a dozen people on trail with a couple horses. Well worth the doing.

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