Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

2 months ago

Great trail for early hiking in the summer

2 months ago

Hiked up to Storm Lake pass... awesome hike and beautiful view! Middle of October and about 6 inches of heavy snow on the trail.

the trail is great and especially the Lake ans the campspots Theresa BUT be aware that first the Rock creek Lake and everything around ist private property... so toll get to the trail you have to Cross private property and second the Road to the trail ist Hardcore... our suv almost did not make ist... better have a 4wd or Something more for driving over Rocks...

Great hike with my eight year old to a beautiful lake. Downfall to this hike is that you can drive to the lake.

4 months ago

Great trail. Easy hike. Caught a grayling!

5 months ago

Wonderful hike with a gorgeous lake at the end. Beautiful place for relaxing and taking a swim

5 months ago

It's a fairly dense walk in on a rocky trail. but once you get to the top it opens up to a beautiful lake! Easy hike in and out, even my 9 yo had no problems. Tons of fish up there too!

The road is quite rough. 4wd isn't a necessity, but something with ground clearance is. The trail is very fun. The lakes are beautiful.

June 10th 2018.

You will not make it to the trail head without a 4x4 truck or Jeep. Stock 93 GMC 1500 did fine. Maybe an Outback would do it but you will be scraping on large rocks.

The trailhead has no signs or markings but it's easy to find.

The first half of the trail is wet but clear. there is a swampy area you have to walk around but the trail is easy enough to pick up again.

The 2nd half of the trail was dry and rocky. a few small downed trees, but not bad for such a remote trail.

The climb wasn't too bad. It's high elevation (7600ft) so I don't recommend going in early June like me unless the forecast is clear. Rain was forecasted but we woke up to 3" of snow.

Beautiful lake, at least 2 big sites with fire rings. I recommend it if your car can make it!

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!!!

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

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
Saturday, July 08, 2017

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
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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.

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

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Grew up in Boulder and this place has amazing potential. Unfortunately, the current owners prevent it from ever reaching it. They refuse to do any kind of upkeep with the building, so it appears to be in shambles. The rooms are austere and simple, with no modern "luxuries". The place has an incredibly beautiful old bar and ballroom that could be a popular attraction if renovated and utilized, but they choose to use those rooms to hold seances. Yes seances. The hot pools and steam room have appeared dirty every time I've been there, and the outside pool has so many "rules" that you may as well hang out inside and read the paper. Food is bland, organic dishes that do not encourage an appetite. I'd apologize for such a negative review if I didn't live in Boulder, and like so many others here, see so much wasted potential.

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
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 :-)

fishing
Monday, August 30, 2010

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

5 months ago

hiking
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Saturday, June 24, 2017