Explore the most popular birding trails in Bighorn 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.

Difficult, especially if you're not accustomed to the altitude.

stunning view

This trail is quite a climb and gets very rocky the closer you get to the lookout. They clomb is definitely worth it. AMAZING VIEWS.

Gorgeous scenery and awesome hike but tougher than you’d think for 13 miles. Once you get to the first lake, keep left to go to the second lake. If you go to the right you have to do a major detour and cross several creeks. Also watch out for moose.

top end of "moderate" at best, but great hike and awesome views, especially in late May or early June, due to the abundant wildflower displays!

Incredible hike! We completed this as a long day hike, which was certainly doable, although a bit much for one day (adding in time at the Twin Lakes for fishing). We will probably pack in and camp next time. The hike is definitely longer than 10.3 RT. Not counting a slight detour where we lost the trail briefly, my tracker showed 6.25-6.5 miles in, making for over 12 miles RT. The hike in took us right around 3 hours including some stops for snacks. It is definitely work the trek, as the Lost Lakes are absolutely incredible and the meadows along the way are stunning as well. Keep an eye out for moose, and be sure to bring your fishing gear... These lakes (esp Lost Lakes) are teeming with some good sized trout!

Good trail for a day hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail for a day hike.

Absolutely beautiful hike and definitely worth the 18-ish mile effort. However, the trail can be tough to find in several locations and I don’t know that I could have finished the loop without AllTrails map and GPS. There are numerous other trails in the area which mostly seemed like footpaths so hikers could avoid those on horseback. I took several but wouldn’t have been brave enough to explore without GPS as a back up. I can see what others are saying about the condition of the trail. It was dry when I went but a little bit of rain would have made it a muddy mess. Definitely recommend doing this as a clockwise loop. I ran into some folks coming up while I was going down from Misty Moon Lake and they all looked miserable—it was uphill almost the entire way to Misty Moon.

1 month ago

This place is only for the marmots!

We only hiked to Lake Solitude and back. while the Setting of the lake is beautiful, the trail to get there is nasty. Horse packers use this trail mostly and it shows. the trail gets destroyed by the horses and there is horse crap everywhere. never give this trail after it has rained, you'll be knee deep in horse shit.

This trail is not 5.7 m it’s 7.7m. Totally beautiful!!!

hiking
2 months ago

This is NOT a hiking trail - it’s an ATV road in the wide open space. The ALL TRAILS map doesn’t even show that you that you get to a lake - so download the topo map when doing this. There are some pretty spots and it’s an afternoon of outdoor exercise.

We did this loop as a day hike (very doable if you get going early, move at a good pace etc). It took us a little over 8 hours.....a quick lunch stop, a few photo stops and a stop to purify water. For the most part, the All Trails map was great and got us from start to finish. However, the trail gets sketchy in spots and the topo map would have been really helpful so I could have seen where we should be in relation to lakes, creeks etc (and saved us some time). Be prepared for the climb as you leave lake solitude and hike down into misty moon. Beautiful scenery!!

One of our favorite hikes in the Bighorns. This area is rich in scenery, wildlife and trails to hike.

Gorgeous trail! Perfect for a solid day hike.

Bring bug spray. Overall great hike. We backpacked and stayed overnight at Lost Twin.

backpacking
2 months ago

According to my watch, this trail, from the parking lot at West Tensleep Lake to the edge of Lake Helen was 6.89 miles, not 8.7 as All Trails says it is. Most people we passed on the trail expected it to be around 5 miles. Not sure why there’s such a discrepancy. The trail is well used and maintained, and the scenery is beautiful! Mosquitos were in full force at the lake, and they mean business. They found any spot that may not have been sprayed and they bite through clothes. Well worth the effort. I will most certainly do this trail again.

Great hike! We parked where FR 222 intersects with FR 16, there are two stream crossings and some terrain we weren’t sure we could get over with 2wd. My GPS said 3.9 miles round trip even with hiking .85 miles up FR 222 to the trailhead. Forest service roads and trailhead were well marked.

backpacking
3 months ago

Don't let the skeeters deter you from enjoying this lake and views! If so, maybe do August thru October.

hiking
3 months ago

My first thought in reviewing this hike was that it was ‘moderate’ in effort. It’s a far cry from ‘easy.’ The trail was scattered the entire way with lots of rocks, and there were some uphill climbs followed by flat parts. Basically if you haven’t hiked in awhile, your legs and feet might be sore the next day. With that said, the hike was gorgeous and the lakes were pristine. You start at the parking lot on 46 until you see the cutoff for trail 47. You do not see trail 47 until you pass the first lake which is Sherd Lake. Stay to the right on the trail that continues to a fork which you must follow 91 (take the trail to the left) to find Lost Lake. We did the whole route in about 2.5 hours with some time at Lost Lake for lunch.

3 months ago

Great hike, from Sherd Lake, take a right continue on until 47 and then left on 91. Long Lake was beautiful, one river crossing but pretty easy hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail, but hampered by the mist! Start and finish are the toughest. 2hrs 35minutes all told with a little picnic stop. Rainy lake genuinely does appear to rain in the vicinity of the lake

Love think hole! Mostly up hill but a wonderful view!

backpacking
8 months ago

Nice hiking

Good memories.
Easy.

Really hard trail but the views are worth it!

backpacking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Backpacked to this lake and camped before heading to do Cloud Peak the next day. Beautiful lake with lots of trees. We saw several moose both days we were there!

backpacking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Views were amazing! Should have brought fishing gear, maybe next time. Saw a moose and lots of birds. Everyone was exhausted at the end - no complaints though, well worth the effort!

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Took us 3 hours to reach Lost Twin Lakes (2 fit adults, only a few short breaks) And 2 hr 15 minutes to get back. My GPS said 6.25 miles from trailhead to the top. We passed maybe 4 other groups while hiking. Beautiful hike! A few challenging parts. Mostly at the very end. Bring bug spray! Lots of mosquitoes.

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