Broadwater Lake via Lake Fork is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Lodge, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length7.1 miElevation gain843 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyFishingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestLakeRiverViewswild-flowersWildlife
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Lindsay Stevens
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Snow packed easy going trail along the icy creek. Didn’t use my spikes or poles but probably should have stopped to put them on in a couple places farther up the trail.

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Andrew Olding
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Jeff Leipprandt
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Fantastic easy to hike trail. Really enjoyed being next to the river on most of the trail. Liked that you hiked up on way out and down coming back, however not at all steep. Beautiful day with aspens at maybe 40% color.

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Mark Hoover
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Tracy Litke
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Nice easy sloping trail. Clean and clear with not a ton of rocks or roots to interfere with your walk. Although it was warm, the trail is fairly shady, making it very comfortable. Busy though, probably came across 2 dozen other hikers. Length, according to my Garmin InReach was 4.1 miles to Broadwater Lake. Saw a cow and calf moose on the way back down.

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Jami Howell
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very lovely, very kid friendly trail. not too steep, easy to follow. see

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Anna Pendleton
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Beautiful well maintained trail. More like 4 miles to the lake. We did it in about 3 hours round trip with a dog and a few stops. Fun hiking over and around rocks, and beautiful views at the end!

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Daniel Webster
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Daniel Webster
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Jennifer Fogerty
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Hiked up to Broadwater Lake on 5/29/20. I saw very little snow on the trail, only patch was about 3.5 miles in from the trailhead, just before the lake. It was passed over easily, mostly packed and melting ice. I left the trailhead and got up to Broadwater in under 2 hours. It is closer to 4 miles to Broadwater from trailhead. My dog and I camped at Broadwater. We had a thunderstorm overnight but were perfectly dry in our tent. It stayed light up there until around 10 PM. Lots of hikers passed us on the way up Friday at 1. We saw no one once we camped until we left. Saturday on the way down at 11 we probably passed at least 80 people. At about 1/2 way through the hike there are 4 different runoff streams you need to pass. I managed to pass all of them wearing my pack and staying dry. Just look a minute for best passage. It was warm and very lovely up there! Someone had left some apple cores and orange peel. Leave no trace, people.

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Jen Chapman
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4 stars because we didn’t make it to the end, as I got sick of navigating the snow fields, to see if the lake is worth it. Went about 3.2 miles in about 2 hours so very slow going with the snow and trying not to slip, before turning around. Very slick, fell a few times, snow is thigh deep in places if you aren’t careful to stay on a hard packed area. Trail follows the river for the most part, very windy. Beautiful area, look forward to trying again later in the year.

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Jeff Hartman
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A short easy hike but it seems a shame to not make it to at least one of the gorgeous lakes further upstream.

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Nicole O’Shea
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Great hike with kids. Very busy one a Sunday August. The heavy traffic is really the only downfall. But, that should be expected considering how accessible and easy to navigate this trail is. We love this one and try to make our way in & back at least once a year.

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David Platt
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if you only go up to Broadwater Lake, you're only experiencing the most boring part of the trail. Just a bunch of pine trees to a miniscule lake. At least go to Keyser Brown Lake, which isn't jaw-dropping but definitely much more worthwhile than Broadwater. I do though HIGHLY recommend extendng this trip all the way through Sundance Pass. Then you break through the treeline into the alpine area which is incredibly more beautiful and varied, and the view from the pass itself is phenomenal. September Morn Lake makes a good camping spot right before the treeline.

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Jeff Jansen
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Great easy trail with lots of splits after about 3.5ish miles. The lake is more a widening of the river but is is a nice place to stop. lots of fresh flowing water for dogs. Spooked a young bull moose about 200 yards from the lake and was able to watch him then cross the lake to the far side. Only down side is there was almost too many people on the trail. we passed more than 150 people in and out.

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Leon Odegaard
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Very scenic trail with waterfalls & mountains.

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Denise DiMiceli
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Ann C
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Scot Gladstone
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Mario DeLaCruz
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Izzac Nixon
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Scot Gladstone
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Scot Gladstone
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Kaylee Grote
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Rowan Edwards
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Marlene King
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Tom Polinko
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Scot Gladstone
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