Looking for a great trail in Custer National Forest, Montana? AllTrails has 46 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Custer National Forest ranging from 2.9 to 37.2 miles and from 6,158 to 11,020 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
2 days ago

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

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rocky
3 days ago

I'm so glad that we did this hike at the end of season. The trail is beautiful in the beginning with the creek next to the trail. Than you have the moss, mushrooms and the waterfalls. The trail to the lake are uphill steep in many spots with to rocks and tree roots on the trail. I took an extra bottle of water with and way Thankful. We stopped by the lake with the lilly on it and had a quick snack before heading up to basin lake. This is a beautiful hike with not much traffic on it.

Great hike! Weather was perfect. Well traveled trail. Definitely take the opportunity to go to the Upper Basin lake, don’t stop at the lower basin.

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

Rocky with elevation! Enjoy!

Nice trail. All up hill but not steep

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!!!

Great trail. Mostly uphill all the way to the lake. Lots of waterfalls as first half of trail is right. by creek.

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
9 days ago

Great short trail for kids and easy fishing spot too!

hiking
10 days ago

Nice and quiet

Great hike we went from Lake fork trail head up to September Morn lake where we dropped our packs and set up camp. Then we hiked up the Sundance pass sans packs. The view at the top was breathtaking. The hike up the pass was actually easier than I expected for the looks of the switchbacks on the map. Easy hike back down to camp. There was great camping along the lake and we were the only ones there (early September) overall the trail was not too difficult and was well marked and not too rugged (compared to most the Absarokee Bearthooths).

hiking
13 days ago

The lake is about 14.5 miles round trip. Very beautiful

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rocky
13 days 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
14 days 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
15 days 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
15 days ago

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

hiking
15 days ago

Good for small kids

hiking
15 days ago

Finally got to make it all the way to the lake (have had to turn back previously for a variety of reasons) and absolutely loved he hike and it was worth every step! Didn’t want to leave. Was envious of the people who backpacked in and were spending days there. there was a moose and saw another one on opposite side so take precautions especially with dogs.

Beautiful, shaded trail with a steady incline. More than 3 miles to the lower lake, just under 1.5 more to the second lake. We clocked 10 miles yesterday, but did walk along the lake shores a bit. The reflection of the trees and clouds in the lower lake was stunning and the fish were jumping in the upper lake. The waterfall near the beginning of the trail is gorgeous and you'll get your heart rate up on this one.

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rocky
15 days ago

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rocky
15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

I have both hiked it and rode horses to this lake. It is a very Rocky ride, but not steep. Beautiful place to go. September 1, 2019.

running
16 days 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
16 days ago

the left turn to the lake is not marked.

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail, teeming with huckelberries. No bears to be seen this afternoon but watch out for screaming mountain bikers.

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rocky
17 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

This hike actually turns out to be a little over 11 miles round trip. It’s 4.9 miles to the turning point and then .5 miles to the lake. Definitely worth it though, the lake is stunning!!

backpacking
18 days ago

We spent 5 days and 4 nights going from the Clarks Fork Trailhead to East Rosebud with our 3 children (ages 14,12 and 10). It was absolutely perfect. We did 6 miles the first day, then 4 miles a day for 3 days, then 8 miles the last day. Each section was more beautiful than the one before. Every turn in the trail had a spectacular view. Our kids LOVED it and kept commenting on how cool it was. We saw a handful of people. We felt plenty of space and solitude. The no fire zone from Fossil to Twin was probably our favorite. I fly fished every lake I could and caught fish on every lake I fished. It was amazing! I want to do it again!

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