Looking for a great trail in Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs 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 11 moderate trails in Lewis and Clark National Forest ranging from 3 to 12.1 miles and from 2,956 to 9,169 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
1 day ago

The falls were not very impressive. But the setting is beautiful. The trail goes farther up the mountain than the app indicates. This is a good hike for kids because it isn't very long and there's lots of big rocks to play on. And its shady almost the entire way up.

hiking
2 days ago

Very beautiful easy hike. The actual beginning of the trail head is well marked, but it's 1 mile before the app. shows. So the total hike is around 7 miles.

Waterfalls were beautiful. Try to hike up the saddle behind the lake if you can - quite a great view.

hiking
private property
rocky
2 days ago

This was a very nice trail, though it is rocky so make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes. One thing to note is that you have to begin the trail at the Dearborn trailhead. The directions from the app lead down a closed road on private property.

We hiked this trail on 7/16. I carried my 11 month old in a baby Bjorne carrier. Including me it was 3 adult women and my 14 yr old daughter and 11 year old nephew were along as well. It took us about 4 hours to complete. The sites were breathtaking. Took bear spray, stayed together, kept noise level up. Saw no bears and very little wildlife. Wildflowers were beautiful. Streams/waterfalls/snow patches closer to top. Oh there is a “toilet” at the top as well!

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

Moderate great trail-Picnic table and toilet ~3 miles up. Beautiful majestic lake at the end. Would recommend

We hiked this trail yesterday and it was absolutely breathtaking! I would do this is a heartbeat all over again.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
15 days ago

The trail description doesn’t mention a few things, which I’ll try to suggest for edits. Deer Creek trail itself means wading at the first creek crossing, the other 10-15 creek crossings can be done with shoes on, hopping rocks. Trail is overgrown, watch out for the wood rose and thistle if you go with shorts. Some horse activity means muddy spots. After you follow the Deer Creek trail to the second trail marker (says 2.5 mi), you’re on your own to carve a path up to Baldy. Don’t take the creek crossing near the sign. I tried it and it gradually becomes a series of elk/cow trails in various directions and then the path to the ridge is thickly forested, which meant I had to traverse over. Instead, gradually take the ridge on creek’s right (west) side at the trail marker and it should open up into a clear, wildflower covered ridge. Follow the open ridge until it comes to a point at the tree line and carve another path through the trees. If you follow the contour lines directly on the ridge, you’ll find yourself on a small scree field followed by tree line then a large scree field. Careful here to not dislodge a rock, especially if anyone is hiking below you - lots of loose stuff. From here, the antenna tower should be visible. Again, make your own path for the last 200’ of climbing and careful of loose rocks to the summit. 5 star views, but 3 star bushwhacking.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
private property
rocky
16 days ago

We hiked this today, myself 40, husband 50 and our kids ranging from 5-10. Our Bob Marshall hiking guide rates this as "moderate" which we feel is a better gauge when you are from the bridge on up. Even though we are very out of shape it's a fair amount of up down rocks, roots and drop offs to deal with. We carried in 2 liters each and the kids each had 1 liter which was just enough. We went as far as the meadow where you can go to end of and find a little trail that easily gets you to the river to wade around. I had it about 2.5 miles in. Nothing much different to report other than what everyone else has stated. We frequently crossed paths with other hikers, kids and dogs. Signs of horses having been on trail. We did find a Geocache as well if you are into that our kids love it.

hiking
17 days ago

lost the trail at the Deer Creek trail sign

hiking
22 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous. About 7 miles total from parking area. Rare orchids growing beside trail in first mile. STUNNING riverside stop at end of the trail.... to left, downhill once you hit the3.5 mile mark. Good spot to take of boots, dip your feet in the icy water, and take in the spectacular scenery. Anyone can do this hike. My husband and I (in our 30s) completed it with my parents (in their late 60s) with our 11 yr old pug. Elevation gain is minimal and there’s a nice mix of shaded and sunny areas on the trail. Beautiful scenery though. Try it!!!

hiking
22 days ago

This trail was amazingly beautiful!! We accidentally went about 1.5 miles passed where we meant to do an extra 3 miles total. Definitely a “Montana Easy” - not for beginners. Lots of rocks in certain places and pretty steep cliffs on the side of the trail. However it is worth the walk because the water is insanely clear, blue, green, and yellow. Almost like the Yellowstone hot springs. Super deep but you can see all the way down. Very pretty! There is a point where you have the option to take another trail down to some rocks on the river. Do it!! It’s a lovely resting place and the water feels great on sore, hot feet. 10/10 would recommend this hike for anyone who has done at least one hike before!

hiking
23 days ago

Quick and easy hike to some pretty falls. It’s on the popular side but is good for families! We poked around in the areas behind the falls and found some cool shelters that people had put together.

Amazing views along the trail. Beautiful lake to celebrate the accent. Easy hike back down. We saw 2 goats up by the lake.

hiking
no shade
27 days ago

Fun trail with great scenery and history. No shade so come prepared. Not sure I agree with the Moderate assessment I would put this one as easy.

hiking
27 days ago

Great easy trail with amazing views. Sadly there seem to be a lot of people that are going here to carve names and stuff in the trees. With the pine beetle killing trees in this area people need to take care of the living ones not carve stuff in them. So come enjoy the amazing beauty of this area but please leave the carving tools at home.

hiking
28 days ago

we love this trail. close to town, there's even some cell reception so it is a good solo trail.

hiking
no shade
rocky
snow
1 month ago

I had the opportunity to make the trek into the cater with a great group of fathers and sons on Fathers Day this past Sunday. The hike to the top of the rim is a moderate hike. However, I strongly recommend serious planning for the very difficult trip down to the lake. The fish were dead.

hiking
1 month ago

ohhhhh the views!!!!

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