Little Rock Creek Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews
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Little Rock Creek Trail is a 8.3 mile out and back trail located near Darby, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and camping and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,247 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

running

forest

river

wildlife

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 day ago

This trail is actually 4.9 miles in, so 9.8 miles round trip. The trail was steep and having our trecking poles came in handy. The majority of the time we were in shade, and it made the journey more pleasant. We had hoped to make it out to El Capitan, but with the hike being longer than expected, and the fact that the trail is undeveloped past Little Rock Creek Lake, we decided to camp out at the lake and call it a night. We still had a great view of El Capitan from the northwest shore though! I would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
1 month ago

This trail is absolutely beautiful! Huckleberries at parts! A lot of blow out on few parts of the trail, and very shaded through out. Parts of the trail require a bit more attention to stay on track but we never got lost and were able to find the trail with a little effort each time. Lots of elevation gain miles 3-4, but still completely accessible to those a bit out of shape. Trail went past what looked like a bear’s stash den 1.5 miles in and we saw bear poop on the trail when we went 8/9/19, consider bringing bear spray! Seriously a beautiful hike, we only saw one other person the whole day and we had the lake to ourselves!!

hiking
1 month ago

The drive up is extremely rocky. Ended up parking a half mile ahead of the main parking lot, which is a quarter mile from trailhead. Overall, amazing views with the waterfall and lakes. Trail is mostly moderate, although the steep hike out is nasty, and there are a few places where one is on rocks.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Amazing lake with beautiful views. There aren’t very many campsites, but if you’re lucky enough to snag one they are far enough away from other people. Great dry fly fishing in the creek and lake. The hike up is approximately 4.9miles and it is tough when packing gear for a two night stay, but very worth it.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Started out about 9:15 am hardly a bug in flight or site. the Huckleberry's were random but plentiful along the whole trail. from the trail head to the lake my GPS ran 3.65 miles. which doesn't seem like much but this proved to be a fairly technical trail from the rock screes to crossing muddy washouts, you have to used a little bit of sense to keep direction as you do lose the trail a few times but its not hard to pick up again. all i brought was a filter water bottle and it was sufficient as you come next to the creek a few times all the way up through the valley bottom. the trail itself is overgrown with foliage a bit as it is not used that much, we didn't see anyone hiking all the way up or back down the whole day. the waterfalls along the way that you could see were awesome. this trail is fairly tough they have rated it at moderate and i think it is spot on. you have to work for most of this trail uphill to the lake and only in a few stretches it is steep. little fish jumping in the lake like crazy. with a very nice little camping spot right off the lake. My curiosities pulled me towards the far end of the lake and up into the scree fields and high cliff walls and the Como peaks. (did not go any further than the lake itself). a beautiful and challenging day. in the 3.65 miles it took us about 3 and a half hours as we just enjoyed the day stopping here and there, there was no hurry to get to the lake. i was tempted to wear my Keens (sandles) very glad i did not. (wear boots) on this trails. loved everything about this hike. its pretty dense in places and got a bit humid that day but opens up in a few places to welcome a slight breeze and a welcome site to the surrounding peaks. *a good day overall. :)

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike yes the first half mile is all down hill which royal bits on the way out but so many pretty things to see. The lake is so nice can’t wait to do a over nighter up there

backpacking
8 months ago

first mile down hate a mile up on the way home. easy hike trail is easy to lose track of 3/4 of the way thru. good fishing for small trout.

hiking
11 months ago

Gorgeous hike, all the fall colors were amazing! There are definitely some steep areas, but well worth it. We lost the trail a couple of times but back tracked and we back on course quickly. I’m going to hike this trail again in the spring!

Monday, July 09, 2018

Beautiful! Nice views at the beginning with delicious huckleberrys. Varied surroundings and changes in elevation with lots of streams flowing across the trail and even down the trail itself. We walked across several logs to get across the shallow streams. The trail can be hard to find at times especially in the wet areas. The lake is stunning, but the real jem in my opinion is the waterfall that spills from the lake.

backpacking
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Beautiful views of the bitterroot mountains! Runoff makes the trail a bit rough and hard to follow. We went in late October and got snowed on in the night. Good tent spots right by the lake. I am definitely going to hike this again in the spring!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Loved this trail! Lots of ups and down with dramatic views of como lake. The sheer mountains on either side constantly change and add new picture oppourtunitys. Landscape changes quickly from forest to alpine. We did loose the trail twice but found it quickly. The lake was low but clear and cold, could see fish swimming a bit. Would have loved to spend the night and done exploring around as there was so much to do in one day. Very steep incline. Be prepared this one will take a lot of huffing and puffing!

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

One of my favorite hikes. As someone else mentioned, it is not an easy day hike for inexperienced hikers. We went about a month ago and there was quite a bit of run off and we lost the trail, but eventually found it again, so be wary of that. Would definitely recommend this hike, especially if you want to camp for the night!

backpacking
Monday, July 10, 2017

The trail is very rock throughout, makes for slow going. Moreover, there are several downed trees and lots of run off makes for large tributaries to cross. Between trail finding and water, took a long time to get to the lake. Having said that, the canyon was beautiful, and the creek itself was amazing. Such high water. There was a 5.8 earthquake at about 1230am to make it that much more fun. Just a little ground shaking, thought it was from the high water til I came out and read the paper.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Amazing trail. Camped on the north side of the lake--there are some small spots, not well established. Didn't see a single person while we were on the trail. Highly recommend this one. Not a easy as a day hike for inexperienced hikers. The creek crossing is not well marked, but everything else is straight forward. It's really cool to get under those Como Peaks and so close to El Capitan!

hiking
Friday, January 25, 2013

This was one of the most pleasant, scenic and enjoyable hikes I've taken. Start off at the beautiful Lake Como, where there are plenty of folks in boats enjoying the water. If the level is low enough, you can explore an island near the boat ramp. From there, you'll gain quite a bit of elevation, but the wild huckleberries along the way make it well worth it. Little Rock Creek Lake is a gorgeous spot to spend the night and set up a very comfortable camp for fishing, stargazing, cooking, and enjoying the clean mountain air. We met only one or two other groups on the trail the whole time.

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