Explore the most popular forest trails in Shoshone 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.

June 23rd, A friend of mine and I decided to try this trail out. After parking (which was easy), we started our backpacking trip. It was a steep climb for the first half mile or better then it tapers off to a up and down, but nothing to extreme for elevations. We had hardly no mosquitos or any insects really until the evening. Even then, they were not bad. Luckily the forest cleaning crew left there the previous week. I would recommend maybe waiting another week, because we were lucky as far as trails, snow, were concerned. To gather water for drinking is about 2 miles in. Until then, it is in a deep crevasse. We used our Hammocks this trip, and it was perfect. We did not see any bears, but there was bear signs, that they were around. It is Grizzly area, so be smart. We only made it about 5 miles in, and we decided to turn back because the water was too fast for our comfort to cross, knowing that we had 50 pound packs on, and deep enough in to be "in trouble". After we left we made way north, and did a few miles of "The Beaten Path". I would like to come back to this trail and make it to the end and back. Highly recommend for a beginner trail. trail is pretty easy to navigate also.

backpacking
8 months ago

Beautiful basin to camp in, and a well maintained trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Was on a time limit, so unfortunately was about a mile short of the lake. But even though the beginning was a brutal sequence of switchbacks, it offered stunning views the whole way through. The trail is also incredibly well maintained and didn't have a single problem the whole way through.

fishing
9 months ago

Me and few of my friends went here for a big, week long, summer fishing trip and I was very pleased with the beauty of the area. The hike in is easy at first, slight incline and very beautiful, but as you keep going you start to go up a canyon and it becomes quite a hard hike especially if you are backpacking it. Then the glorious pass comes marking the end of your steep climb with a killer view. After that its a bit up and down with another steep part to the first lake but once you see the view into the basin its all worth it. The fishing was really good, got lots of bites and fish they are all just very small and not much to eat. After a couple of days of fishing we hiked to the ridge which was a stunning view at about 11,800 feet. We got a constant storm every day at around 5 pm so watch out for those. wonderful area, lots of views and lakes and nice pine smells.

backpacking
9 months ago

Moderately difficult hike up to the first lake, plan on a short river crossing within the first mile. Beautiful meadows and views of nearby snow capped peaks and year-round glaciers as you advance on the trail. If fishing, don't expect any trophy fish. Plan on abundant 8-14 inch rainbow trout in the lower lakes. Upper lakes are mostly barren, with the best fish found in the large lake with high boulder fields to the south-west of the initial lake. Prepare for heavy mosquitos in the morning and evening with plenty of bug spray and netting. Definitely one of the most scenic areas of the winds I have ever been. Beautiful glacier-carved cliffs and partially frozen lakes made for an incredibly unique week of backpacking.

A high snow year made the route to the summit completely snow covered even in late June, but an amazing climb with views well worth the work!

Hiked this 6 July 2017: Excellent hike to the gap. Some small drifts easily bypassed before the gap. Had a
400% snow year so lots of water and snow! One large snowdrift right before the clearing at the gap. Lots of snow past the gap. Lakes frozen or partially thawed. Insect heaven: need nets or lots of repellent.

Fantastic views. Easy hike over dirt road. Very secluded in late June. Road still not open to auto traffic, but great for a hike! Be careful in grizzly country - some "remnants" apparent along the trail.

backpacking
11 months ago

Our 2005 backpack trip spent 2 nights along Frontier Creek. In a camp at the edge of a meadow, we hung our food and gear and fished for wild cutthroat trout. We hiked a day trip to Cougar Pass and overlooked the Thoroughfare and South Fork of Shoshone river. Elk, bighorn sheep in the highest country, and juncos nesting near camp. Other hikers passed by - a through hiker from Brooks Lake and a couple in their 70's with llamas who wore bear bells. This area has burned since we hiked it and may have changed.

backpacking
11 months ago

We loved this adventure in 2007. 27 switchbacks as you begin. We camped at 10000' and fished three lakes: Hidden Lake, Upper Ross and Lower Ross.  5 lb rainbows in Lower Ross. Walk over granite batholiths to Upper Ross for robust Cutts and snakey Cutts at Hidden Lake below. We camped alone but our trip followed a rambunctious and poorly supervised Boy scout troop who had damaged the thin and ancient white bark pines by rolling glacial erratics from the tops of the batholiths... ☹️ great hike. We even found wild blueberries. Beautiful!

scenic driving
Thursday, February 23, 2017

This is not a hike, it is a road. It is a dirt road though. This is one of the most beautiful roads I have ever been on. I recommend this road to anyone visiting the beartooths. I cannot stress that enough. The view is breathtaking

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Definitely a hard trail. We attempt to summit but did not make the top. We were camping further from the base of the mountain than we had anticipated. On the mountain one of the snow bridges collapsed while we were there it was definitely a bit late to summit. Part of the trail was washed out by glacial melt. But by far one of the best backpacking trips I have done. Bear spray and bug spray highly recommended. Mosquitoes and horse flies were thick. Saw about 25 people around the base of the mountain maybe 3 on the glacial trail leading to Gannett.

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

Well worth the hike for the many spectacular views that you will see!!! My husband and I hiked just over 30 miles in 3 days. We started by backpacking up to Lake Elaine and camped there our first night. Absolutely amazing view!!! We saw probably 8-10 lakes throughout our hike. The evenings/mornings were a little chilly but with good camping gear we stayed warm at night. We did about half of our trip on trail and half off trail. I would recommend a good GPS to explore some of the off trail stuff like we did. Plus with a good GPS we were able to tell when we were in Montana and able to fish which was very helpful. Over all total we hiked almost 6,000 vertical feet...we did it without a lot of stopping but are in pretty good shape. I would highly recommend this to someone who wants a good workout and a wonderful view!!!! :)

camping
Friday, June 05, 2015

Great hike, small river crossing at the start of the trail. You continue up 23 switch backs to a ridge still blow tree line with an amazing view of the winds and descend into the basin.

This is a beautiful, somewhat difficult trail. One end is at the Crandall Ranger Station and the other is at the Canoe Lake trailhead of Yellowstone National Park. The trail switches sides of the valley and exposes the hiker to beautiful views of bluffs and Crandall Creek. There are very few signs or trail markers, so the further one gets from the ranger station, the harder it is to follow the trail. It is curious that the Crandall Trail connects with the Canoe Lake trail in Yellowstone and yet is less maintained (meaning in worse shape) than the North Crandall Trail which dead ends at a pass overlooking YNP. (We bushwhacked the valley to link with the Cache Creek Trail but it was not easy.) There is about a three mile segment on a south facing slope that is steep and scree filled. One old sign warned riders to dismount along this section. I could not imagine trusting the footing of a horse. The last few miles along Timber Creek are largely in a burned or downed-tree area. There is a large former hunting campsite about four or five miles from Canoe Lake on Timber Creek. The trail crosses the creek there. Another great campsite is at the confluence of Closed Creek and Timber (where it becomes Crandall).

hiking
Sunday, July 20, 2014

I've done this hike a few times with Boy Scouts. From highway 16 take county road 446 toward Camp Buffalo Bill. After crossing the big bridge take a right at the fork (#448). The trailhead is about 1/4 mile up this road, but there isn't very good parking. I recommend parking at the Boy Scout camp. There is good parking just outside the camp gate. This will add about 3/4 of a mile to your hike.

Whenever I've hiked this trail, we started at camp Buffalo Bill and went up about 3-6 miles. Just below the meadows there is s nice Kirk spot to camp. Once you get to the meadows the mosquitoes will get pretty bad. You can follow the trail all the way to Flora Lake, but we never made it that far. Instead we climbed to the top of Howell Mountain, 10,000ft. The view at the top is spectacular. You can see points like Eagle's Nest, Fortress Mountain, and there glacier basin at the headwaters of Fishhawk creek. This app says that the two is easy, but the first 3-6 miles climb a a thousand feet or more. Be sure to bring bear spray.

hiking
Thursday, September 27, 2012

Great Trail, keeps going a ways farther back than listed on here. You can go a few more miles up the mountain, for some great shots of Index and Pilot Peaks. The trail does get significantly harder both in elevation and terrain.

hiking
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We did not bring climbing gire so we only went to bonneys pase (19 miles in)
This trail has everything you need in a good outing. Nice well maintained trail, awesome scenery, lots of wild life. The trail starts in the high pines and ends in the tundra. The 6,000 ft climb is sprinkled with high mountain lakes full of fish just dying to get out of the water and in to the pan.
Trip should take you 5 days, 4 if youre moving. You can camp any were along the trail I would sugest camping at one of the lakes between miles 7 and 10 the first night then making a base camp in the Titcomb basin at the end of day 2. The Pass is just 4 miles from there.
Be advised :
This is bear country so bring some spray.
You have never seen this many bugs bring nets not spray.
During the summer melt the trail can become the creek be ready to walk in the mud
The summit can be a dangerous scramble with falling rocks and snow

hiking
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Dead Indian travels through gorgeous meadows interspersed with wooded areas alongside the Clark Fork Canyon. It is rolling ups and downs for the first 4 miles with beautiful vistas of the Canyon and breathtaking waterfalls. Then it suddenly makes a steep dive to the floor of the canyon. The switchbacks at the end are treacherous! A slippery slope of rolling gravelly scree and then the trail kind of peters out once you've made it (alive) to the bottom. Once you get down to river level, don't bother to follow the trail -- go ahead and bushwhack to whatever appeals to you. If you don't feel like making the big descent, you won't really be missing out on that much except perhaps a bit of a soak, and a different viewpoint of the Canyon. It is an absolutely gorgeous hike, however.

hiking
7 months ago

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

backpacking
Thursday, June 09, 2016

camping
Monday, August 24, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

on Meadow Creek Basin

hiking
Wednesday, July 16, 2014