Mystic Lake Trail

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Mystic Lake Trail is a 5.5 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
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1335 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

hiking
4 days ago

It is an ok hike with alright views. Too crowded. The hike was a bit of a challenge but nothing way too hard. Good for families!

hiking
13 days ago

Road to trailhead closed at Pinecove camping area (about 5 miles from trailhead) met a fellow hiker said rumor was the road would open again Memorial weekend.

We parked at campground and walked up to West Rosebud Lake, since we had driven out.

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome hike with great views up to the lake. The lake seemed kind of low at this point but there’s still plenty snow on the peaks.

18 days ago

First hike I’ve ever done and I loved it!!!

28 days ago

Pure beauty. The hike was hard for the first time for us, but the second was easier. The switchbacks are beautiful, yet tiring. Great for fishing. Highly recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

The way up was so beautiful this summer. Amazing wild flowers. The trail got a bit rocky up top, so I think I’ll have to get some ankle support boots for next time!

4 months ago

Always a good hike while in Montana!!!!

7 months 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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 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.

10 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.

10 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.

hiking
10 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

hiking
10 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.

backpacking
10 months ago

Absolutely stunning! Came up to the mouth of the trail where it heads down to the lake and was completely taken off guard. Had to drop my pack to snap a bunch of pictures of the awesome melding of man and nature with the view of the damn and the incredible lake! Will be sure to visit frequently as the drive up is easy-going and the trail itself is fairly easy and quick!

10 months ago

Amazing!!!! A must see. Once you get to the top and see the lake, you'll know why.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike! It wasn't that bad for our first one. The switchbacks were the most difficult part, but once you got to the top and saw the view of Mystic.. Just amazing! Cannot wait to go back and try fishing!

11 months ago

Absolutely Breathtaking, well worth the hike!

11 months ago

Great hike today! Jump in the water, it lets you know you're alive! Rained and hailed off and on but added to the journey! Will be back!

11 months ago

If you bring your dogs, you may want boots for their feet. I wasn't expecting it to be THAT rocky. beautiful hike, beautiful lake. well worth the trip out there!

11 months ago

Great hike.

hiking
11 months ago

The water levels are high this year, adding to the views. I continue to come back to this trail all through the year and it never fails to be breathtaking. The trail was busy today and more dogs than I've ever seen. Many new folks on the trail. It can be challenging to someone who's never done it before, but drink plenty of water, bring Tylenol, and don't be in a hurry. It's worth every step.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail....great views. Steep'ish towards the end and a bit rocky on the switchbacks (just FYI.) Moderate level for sure though, highly recommend it.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful views the entire trail. Last half mile is steep but absolutely worth it!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Very beautiful. A little rough but a great workout!

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Parking was slim and busy at the trail head.
Hike was defiantly moderated.
Lake was really low.
All of it was Montana beautiful as always.

Monday, May 29, 2017

great trail, well marked, beautiful views.

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Still a lot of snow up there, would not recommend going up in spring without gaiters and boots, you will fall through the snow sometimes. Good views, lake was still frozen when I went up there and the trail was covered for about 2/3 of the trail.

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Good moderate hike.

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