Mystic Lake Trail

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Mystic Lake Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roscoe, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1499 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

3 days ago

Beautiful hike! We were going to camp at island lakes but there was a snow crossing that didn't look safe so we turned around and camped at mystic. Spent two nights and explored the area and fished. Really enjoyed our time and look forward to going back. Had a few good afternoon mountain thunderstorms.

1 month ago

Don't listen to Paul's directions below. That's to West Rosebud. This hike is from East Rosebud. This drive does take you through Roscoe (past the Grizzly Bar where you should stop for a beer after) and not through Fishtail. The directions, however, on google maps are wrong. The trailhead begins at East Rosebud Lake. Type in East Rosebud Lake as your destination and the directions will be correct.

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Gorgeous scenery! Very rocky trail, so makes it difficult to look around or hike fast, but otherwise spectacular!

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Very nice hike along the creek with awesome views of the cliffs and jagged rock spires along the way.
Lake itself is beautiful with crystal clear water and very rugged surroundings. Wear some decent footwear. The trail is very mild at first and eventually ends up in a moderate climb, but parts of it are very rocky requiring attention to every step. Steel shank soles will be beneficial.
Precaution: If you don't know the directions, those gleaned from this site were distinctly lacking in adequate detail. I came in from Billings on I-90. Got off on exit 408....all good....directions then stated the need to follow 78 south to West Rosebud Creek Rd which does not intersect with 78. After going many miles past the NYE Road junction, I finally realized something wasn't adding up. Take NYE road west at service station/c-store/cafe and pass through Fishtail until you reach a sign signifying West Rosebud Creek. The first few miles are paved ( may actually be Ingersoll Creek) and eventually it turns into gravel road for perhaps the last 14 miles. You'll be much more relaxed when you get there if you heed that advice.....but no matter how you get there, it is a very rewarding hike considering length and level of effort required.

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2 months ago

Have done this hike several times and love it! We've taken all ages of kids along too, even as young as 4 or 5 yrs old. It's challenging on the way up for kids but totally worth it! I think it took us 2 hours with many water breaks. We eat lunch at the lake and spend time wading in the water.

2 months ago

Trail starts at the hydroelectric power station. As you hike up you'll see the water pipeline across the valley. The "lake" is actually a man-made reservoir, but as you come around the final corner, your jaw will drop. It looks like something from Lord of the Rings. Beautiful views and then hike down another half a mile or so to the beach. Incredible hike. We do it yearly.

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2 months ago

I can't believe I've lived 70 miles from this trailhead for the last 20 plus years, and have never done this hike. This hike, and lake is amazing. Took us about an hour, and a half to get to lake, while stopping for photo ops, and to give our dogs drink breaks. So worth the drive, and hike. Can't wait to go back again, so we can walk further around the lake.

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2 months ago

Love this hike. If you have time make sure you walk to island park lake just past mystic lake. Scenery is definitely worth the elevation gain

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2 months ago

This hike has some really nice features along the way, with a challenging last 1.5 mile section that is rugged. Switchbacks go through a really cool boulder field that eventually takes you to the top where you get a view of Mystic Lake and Granite Peak in the background. It was approximately 2.7 miles to the lake shore from the trailhead. This trail is not for someone who does not get much exercise. This has a 1500' gain in elevation and puts you at about 7535' at the highest point.