Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
6 months ago

This is more of a road than a trail, but a very rough one. In good weather it took us over an hour from start to finish in a truck. It would be almost as fast to hike it. The road technically terminates at Moon Lake, but the last 150ft are very steep down to the bank. There's several camp sites once you get to the lake. 2-3 right down by the water, and several more up top before the road drop. We took a canoe out on the lake, but didn't see any fish.

I'd say this is a pretty good hike. Great views and great pay off at the end if you're camping. As I said, it's actually a road, but I would advise heavily against going on it unless you're into that sort of thing.

Easy hike. Family friendly. Beautiful vistas and lakes. We started here and hiked to Beauty lake, the number of hikers thins out after night lake. At 9500 feet but flat hike so altitude not an issue. Good lake for kayaking/paddle boarding. Crystal clear water.
Campground nearby makes this a busy and popular place.

Nice place, easy to find, easy trail, nice lakes... but just kind of bla in my opinion. great for beginners or families but if your looking for wow this place just doesn't have it... I really enjoyed the drive, beartooth pass saved the whole trip for me. overall good just not great :-) oh and "beauty" lake, kind of had my hopes up with the name... and honestly I was a little disappointed, loved all the different kinds of mushrooms though very neat

backpacking
8 months ago

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

I followed the directions to the trailhead from this app. It takes you to a small parking area with a dirt road leading from it. No trail sign at all except for a real small one in the corner of the bulletin board mentioning Fall River. We walked up the dirt road for about a mile and it splits into two dirt roads. We took the right one as that lined up with the trail map in this app. It goes for a total of 3 miles from the parking lot and then dead ends. Maybe we should have went left at the fork. Only thing we saw was a bunch of cows close to the road.

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
10 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
10 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.

10 months ago

Trail was very nice. Was very confused at the beginning. There are two trails that start at the same place or something. Not very clear on the actual start of the beauty lake trail. We started off on the only trail we could see and there were no indications on trail names when we got there. We hiked half - quarter mile and looked on all trail and the gps said we were off course. We ended up just cutting across through the trees and using the gps to hook up with the actual Beauty lake trail. Once we got on track it was wonderful. Uphill most of the way. On our way back we stopped at crane lake which is a quarter mile before beauty lake. We enjoyed crane lake more then beauty lake. There is a river crossing at the very beginning of the trail and we took our shoes of and crossed. Water was knee deep I would say. Very cold but lots of fun.

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.

Hard to truly rate this trail fairly as the trail was completely obscured by snow. Beautiful scenery. We had hoped for more and were prepared to hike in the snow, but simply couldn't cross the creek, which had turned into a raging river due to snow melt. Attempted hike in the last week of June.

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!

We hiked this trail in 2006. In 3 nights of backpacking and internal day hikes, we never saw another hiker, nor tracks of human hikers. Plenty of bear tracks however! What a wild and beautiful place. Bring bear spray and hang your food and cooking gear high and away from your camp. Marvelous.

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, December 29, 2016

Nice fun little hike took my wife and kid who was almost three at the time in with me

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Easy hike, plenty to look at. Friendly people all along the trail. Only open when the Beartooth Pass is open. We camped at Island Lake Campground multiple times over the summer and loved it.

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.

hiking
Saturday, April 25, 2015

This is a nice and easy trail that starts up at the top of the Beartooth Pass so you even get nice views on the drive to the trail itself. The trail starts at a campground and follows around a lake (not sure the name). It does cross a stream where you have to rock hop across - just a warning you might get your feet wet! Hiking poles would have helped greatly, especially with a pack on. Bring an extra change of socks! You then head up into a meadow. Probably 2/3 into the way to Beauty Lake you see a river to your right, with a cool waterfall coming down some rock cliffs on the other side. We tried to find a way to get across the river to the waterfall, but couldn't find a way to cross without getting fully submerged. I will have to look into this more next time to see how to get over there. After a while, you come up to a fork in the path and you have to decide whether you want to go to Beauty Lake or Becker Lake. Both were recommended to me from a friend, but we chose Beauty because we heard it was prettier (duh). However, a lot of backpackers were taking the other route to Becker because I believe it's a better place to camp/fish and offers access to other chains of lakes. Once you are super close to the lake, you have to descend quite a ways to get to the lake shore. The views from the shore make it all worth it. Walking back up the trail to the meadow is the hardest part of the hike. It is short and steep though so not a big deal.

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

This is a pretty good hike. The first several miles are flat, but they are also in a part of the forest recovering from a forest fire from several years ago. We took the trail until it crossed the river. The river was running too high that year to cross.

There is a parking lot at the trailhead right off of the highway. Probably not much more than a 1/4 mile down the highway from the Pahaska Teepee store.

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, 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
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