Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Deerlodge 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.

hiking
6 days ago

Such a fun hike! You can go around either way. You end up at the top of a hill with great views of Butte. Lots of runners and dogs! We hiked it in February with Yak Tracks/Snow Boots. More can be found on my blog (https://www.brisul.com/blog/2018/3/2/maud-s-canyon-loop-butte-montana).

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful trail, amazing views

This road is NOT something you should take a car down. The rugs are very deep and snow still on parts of the road. Only saw atv’s trying the road. I had to turn around unfortunately

FYI the trail and trail head are still there! You have to drive the road that follows the right side of the lake when you reach the small group of cabins at the end of the road there will be a small parking area on the right, after that you have to hike the rest of the way up the road into the trail head unless you have an atv or side by side. Great hike!!!

hiked this in September! Gorgeous views!

I really enjoy this hike

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail with an amazing view at the top. It's definitely a "moderate" trail especially if you're nine month pregnant (haha) going uphill is not easy but SO worth it! There is not a lot of trees along the trail so I would recommend going in the morning or evening when it's hot outside :) ! Have fun.

Beautiful hike to Lake Louise. Moderately trafficked, well maintained trail. Total hike is 7.4 miles. Lots of nice campsites by the lake, we saw about 8 tents 7/29/17. Good fishing for Cut Throat trout.

Great hike. Beautiful lake. Bug spray is a must. Hike round trip is closer to 10 miles. sign at bottom says 5 miles. I used GPS on my way out and it was just under 5.

hiking
9 months ago

Warning! By July of 2017 the condition of Rock Creek Lake Road & Old Stage Road has really deteriorated. Definitely need a vehicle with higher clearance, 4WD. Also, as far as we could see, there is no access to the trailhead any more. The dam road is blocked by several large boulders & a new-looking wooden gate & fencing block the road on the other side of the dam. Disappointing after a stressful hour + drive from Deer Lodge (14 miles!). We walked along the road by the lake for a couple hours, which was nice, but we couldn't see any sign of a trail.

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Hike was extraordinary. Getting to the trailhead requires a 4 wheel drive vehicle with the clearance of a pickup or higher. Trail is easy to follow and terrain is easy enough even for young children to do. Lake offers spectacular shades of blue and is a must see

hiking
10 months ago

You don't need a ATV to here. Get nice photos of Butte near the top.

Not single track. Trucks on the road while hiking. Didn't realize it was a road and not a true trail.

The trail information for this hike is out of date. The trail shown in the app is no longer being used and requires a wide creek crossing at the beginning. The new trailhead is 1/2 mile further up South Boulder Road #107 at Bismark Reservoir. The hike is closer to 8 miles out and back. The road is rutted and is peppered with rocks and boulders. High clearance vehicle is a must.

backpacking
10 months ago

Beautiful pristine lakes, hard trail with a backpack for the first mile. However the trail can be somewhat deceiving because of fallen trees but take a moment to look around and you can pick it up if you have good intuition. Camp sites at first and second lakes are available. Easily one of the best kept secrets in this forest.

fishing
11 months ago

Gorgeous hike!! Not too hard either. We stopped at the Lower Dolus lake when we saw how great the fishing was and I found a perfect hammock spot. Really the hardest part was getting TO the hike. You really need a 4x4 with a high clearance, the last 10 miles of the drive is a VERY rough dirt/rock road. **remember to check for ticks afterward**

Helena native, drove thru Elkhorn & got stopped by high rocks on the road so walked from there 1/2 mile to the Queen Gulch intersection. Hiked in late May and it was me and my bro out of shape (age 19,20). Snow and rain melt was peak, and we had to jump the same 6+ ft wide stream obstructing the trail 3 separate times, pretty gnarly. Hike up is alright, but lots of rocks on path make it harder, if I was in shape it prob would be piece of cake. Once we made it to the intersection where it goes to Leslie lake to the left, and to the top trailhead in 2 miles to the right, we were running out of time cuz we started late in the day and we had dinner planned that night; decided to just go to Leslie lake on the left (much shorter, 3/4 mile). 1/2 a mile in and couldn't get past so much snow that was too dangerous for us. Turned around. Such a bummer. On top of that I lost my special knife my dad gave me I was carrying somewhere around there, maybe at the lookout at the start of the Leslie Lk trail, or somewhere along the way where we got buzzkilled by the 3 feet of snow in our way. Overall about 6 mile round trip hike for us, good exercise, bummed but will try again in July or August. (If you go up there and see my knife, just email iosgameplay1@gmail.com to return it. It has a black handle, just under 4 inches, in a black leather holder)

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

great hiking trail people are really friendly. but seen a bear so i recommend carrying bear spray but still a great trail

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

My favorite "in town" Butte trail. Dog friendly but recommend you keep them leashed. Can get busy, especially in spring and fall, but everyone is always polite and shares the trail well.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

We actually took Queen Gulch Rd up to Leslie lake, and on up. Very Strenuous, wide road, but rocky with lose footing. Not much switchback. Mostly steep incline! About an 8+ mi hike. About 5 hrs total with many breaks as we had a 76 yr old with us. Beautiful views!!! We loved the old abandoned mining town Elkorn before we got up to the trailhead. Looks like some people still live there, but not many. Definitely takes you back in time!! I highly recommend any of these trails.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Majestic forests with bright colored leaves carpeting the Tim Burton type curling grey trees.
Cute quaint little cabin about mid-way up with an old wooden tree swing to sit and rest and enjoy the sights.
Very challenging peak. Very large boulder field to the tippity top.
The view is well worth the climb.

backpacking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Awesome hike. Road getting there can be a little rough in spots, recommend bringing an SUV or truck for that extra ground clearance (my Subi Impreza did just fine though). Hike is nice and moderate, a little steep the last mile or so but it's worth it once you get to the lakes. Really gorgeous, lots of little lakes in the area you could probably spend a day or two just exploring. I regret not bringing my fly rod! The trout were feeding like crazy in the Trask lakes. Completed August 2016.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Beautiful lake! Really steep for the first .25 mile of the trail. FYI don't forget your bug spray like me!

on Rainbow Lake

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Beautiful hike. I stayed the first night at Johnson Lake and the second at Rainbow Lake. Both lakes have good fishing. The view from Rainbow Pass makes the climb totally worth it. I think the round trip distance is closer to 18 miles than 14.

hiking
Thursday, March 17, 2016

4-Stars because the road getting to the trailhead is really bad. The hike itself offers a variety of scenery with fantastic vistas. The trail is well maintained and the lake is a stunning sapphire blue.

snowshoeing
Monday, February 08, 2016

Great training mission, went with Dr Dave, a slightly younger, stronger friend, made the mistake of letting him lead!? Ya he put the hurting on me. I'm thinking we could have taken 4 hours instead of 3 and been comfortable. The last 500 feet was all head for me,Dave cruised it. Beautiful sunny day, but very cold with 30 mile gusts above tree line. Funny how much easier it was coming down, and much faster as well. PS I will be 69 in 2 weeks

hiking
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Geocache box at Elkhorn peak was getting full, so friends and I hiked up to the peak with a larger box and then transferred everything over, took the old smaller box over to Crow peak and left it there since the box on crow peak was way too small for what was in it. Great hike, glad to check Crow Peak off my list. For those hiking to Elkhorn and wondering if Crow peak is worth the effort, it absolutely is! Just make sure you don't do so late in the year like us, it took us 2 hours to get between Elkhorn and Crow, and another 2 hours back because the rocks that are already so treacherous to climb were also rimed with frost and loose snow. Not a good combination, took alot of nasty falls. Came out with nothing broken, but would not try again this late in the year.

hiking
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

My wife and I summited Elkhorn peak on 10/12/15. The easiest way to get up to Elkhorn is to take an ATV from the town of Elkhorn for 3.5 mile up the iron mine road (aka Diego Town Road, aka Muskrat Creek). From there it's about .8 miles with an 800 foot elevation gain travelling SE to the summit. Unless there's a tree across the trail at the 2 mile mark...which there was. So we had 2.5 miles to the top with 2000 foot elevation gain. That took us about 2 hours to the peak. The last 300 vertical is rock scrambling. The views are phenomenal. There's an ammo can with a log book and someone even left a pair of binoculars in the can so you can enjoy the views. We stayed about 5 minutes because the wind was howling and we had dropped our packs at the bottom of the rocks so we could make a quick ascent to the 9381' peak. You can go all the way to the end of the main road and head up, or you can turn on a well defined trail as the elevation flattens. This takes you to a locked gate that allows non-motorized use, goes by a recreation cabin and the trail is well defined until you hit treeline. From there you can see the peak so just keep going up.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Went a few days ago,without the dog this time, and made it to the top of the peak. Signed the log book and added some stuff to the geocache box. Didn't bring my camera which is unfortunate because the views from the top of the peak is beyond exhilarating. Able to see Helena Valley, Townsend Valley, Whitehall Valley and the Elk park area near Butte. You have a completely breathtaking view of every mountain range within 100 miles. Enjoyed lunch and a celebratory beer atop the peak before heading down. Plan on doing it again with the camera.

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