Explore the most popular lake 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.

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!!!

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.

backpacking
9 months ago

The entire Anaconda-Pintler loop is disappointing if you like glaciated peaks and rocky shore lakes to jump into. The passes are below timberline. The views come through acres of burned treestumps (thus, it's hot). To lake dump one has to wade through muck and grasses. The trail is wickedly not maintained: blowdowns to climb over, under, or around, slopping paths, unmarked junctions. Back to the Beartooths I go.

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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

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**

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.

Monday, September 28, 2015

a great gradual hike to a beautiful lake with great fishing for cutthroat

hiking
Monday, August 31, 2015

Good trail in well maintained less used wilderness. Recommend as an overnight hike. The view from Rainbow pass is worth trip. Bring fishing rod for Rainbow and Johnson Lake.

Bring your bug spray

Monday, June 15, 2015

We did this as a backpacking overnighter. The first 2 miles are pretty swampy but after that it is only swampy in a couple of places. The lakes are gorgeous and no snow to mention left around the lakes. Several campsites to choose from.

Friday, June 12, 2015

went for a day hike very swampy but very beautiful

hiking
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

You'll need four wheel drive to get to the trailhead. Keep an eye out for a large variety of mushrooms! We saw all kinds. The views are amazing and the switchbacks make it an easy hike. We saw some people camped out at the lake and enjoying some fishing, it would be a great lake to spend a night or two..just remember to keep your food out of bears reach. If you want another hike in the area, I recommend Bell lake. It isn't on this website, so you'll have to look it up..it's a moderate to strenuous hike but worth it!! Potosi hot springs is also in the area. Enjoy!

hiking
Sunday, June 07, 2015

Really beautiful spot! Just backpacked up to lower Trask lake for one night. It's decently snowy up there still but there are dry spots for a tent. The trail to get up there is prrrrretty swampy however, so if you're heading up, be prepared for soggy feet.

hiking
Friday, February 20, 2015

Easy to follow trail, pretty steep at the beginning but then it levels out. There are two lakes, both are gorgeous! Could do an overnight at the lower lake as there is a clearly defined camp spot. We ran into a mama moose and her baby on the way down the trail :-)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Easy hike with a little too flat for me switch backs. Great day hike with fishing and peak bagging opportunity.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Good hike .Pretty lake, trail was good and no big hills, great views.

walking
Monday, August 30, 2010

great hike. lower part of hike not to exiting. Trail is in great shape. The lake is awesome but was very windy. Veiws at the top are great.

fishing
Monday, August 30, 2010

Great hike. Fishing was good for small cutthroat.Nice trail easy tofollow

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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