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Aero Lakes Trail is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cooke City, Montana that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 11.8 mi Elevation gain 2,329 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Susannah Clark
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Hiking

We set off on a day with 0% rain predicted ... famous last words ... we got to Lady of the Lake which is about 1.9 miles from the trailhead when it started to rain, and this was followed by hail. Still we persevered ... there was one easy rock-hop across a stream at the edge of a meadow, but when we got to the big creek junction of Zimmerman and Star Creeks we had to wade it ... but then lost the correct trail and ended up following Star Creek (downhill, unfortunately) for a short bit until we realized our mistake and backtracked. The map we had suggested that we needed to cross Zimmer Creek as well which also appears not rock-hoppable. There is a well-marked trail on the east side of the creek which we followed for a way Loki g for a good crossing (but maybe this can be followed all the way up?) until it started raining again and we decided the weather looked too solidly gray to be heading up the head wall so we turned around. Overall a pleasant, pretty hike but confusing at the big creek crossing and of course disappointing finish for us in the rain.

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Minnesota MountainMatt
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HikingBlowdownBugsOff trailOver grownPrivate property

This is not a trail! Do not follow this recording! Buy a map in Cooke City and save yourself a huge headache from bushwhacking. Whoever recorded this trail decided to make there own trail to the Aero lakes. A good map bought at the General Store in Cooke City will show you how to actually get to both Aero lakes. This recording has you bushwhacking through private property. Look for Lulu Pass, this has all the trails you want to get back up into the lakes area.

Alydia LaRowe
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Hiking

According to my recording it was a little over 6mi to the shore of Lower Arrow.

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Hunter Riccardelli
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HikingBlowdownBugsClosedMuddyOff trailOver grownPrivate propertyRockyScrambleSnowWashed out

Trailhead is not accurate to the map, but still a really fun trail.

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Cara Blaylock
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Hiking

One of my favorite hard hikes in the Beartooths. I recommend camping at least one night here because the evening/morning fishing is outstanding! My husband proposed to me at this lake so it’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

Sasha K
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Backpacking

Beautiful. Very hard backpacking trip. Loved it! Recommend to everyone.

Tony Francis
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Backpacking

Climbed Granite Peak via Lady of the Lakes, Aero Lake. Camped above Sky Top Lakes. Beautiful on the way up. Gorgeous lakes and rivers.

Boyd Badten
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Backpacking

We basecamped at Lady Lake and spent one of four days at Lower Aero lake. Was on my bucket list and I was not disappointed although did not catch any fish at this giant moon-base lake. The last mile is more of a rock hopping climb and is very steep. Mountain goats spied on us from fairly close. Memorable and lovely.

casey grote
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First to Review

Good place for fisherman and climbers

Ximena Restrepo
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Hiking
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Daniel Rios
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Hiking
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Brandon Zoller
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Hiking
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