Phantom Creek Trail #17 is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Roscoe, Montana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and horses and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length9.7 miElevation gain3,366 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Allison Beckers
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Hiking

Beautiful views! Pretty good incline. No snow as far as we went (5 miles) started to snow a little and we couldn’t see the weather coming in over the mountains so turned around. Would do it again in a heartbeat! First Lake, Slough Lake, was unique & shallow, but pretty.

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Chriss Knisley
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Hiking

Great trail. Not difficult, just steep in a few spots. made it just past Slough Lake before we ran out of time.

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Max Jahn
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Hiking

Hiked up to Phantom July 19 for a night. Once you get off main trail and cross the creek the trail becomes not well maintained. Last mile is very steep and wouldn’t recommend for kids or novices. Fishing at the lake was great. Enjoy

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Cindy Maute
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Very limited viewing, super steep, half mile longer than projected. Pretty Lake but considering the hike it was marginal. It is not something I would hike again or recommend.

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Theresa G
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Hiking

I would rate this hike as more difficult than moderate, which is due the path being very narrow in a lot of places and a heavy amount of rocks on the trail. However, the scenery more than made up for the difficulty level! I wasn't able to get to Phantom Lake (1000yds short) due to deep snow.

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Ryan Kahn
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Backpacking

Fish were too easy to catch at Phantom lake. We lost the trail just below the lake but made our way to the lake and across to the other end where there was a nice place to set up camp near the water. Only ones up there 4th of July weekend.

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Kate Greenwood
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Hiking

Definitely a moderate hike, however the elevation change is spread out pretty well. When you reach the second section of switchbacks be careful, you can easily miss the turn off for the lake. If you continue up these switchbacks you are heading up the trail to Mystic Lake. There is a tower of stones to help guide you to Phantom Lake. Very pretty area with nice views of the valley and lots of small creeks throughout the trail even through August. We ran into several groups during our day hike with a few being backpackers hiking through.

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Demetri Bright Wings
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Hiking

Beautiful hike it's a must

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Sean Hogan
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Great challenging hike. I would say due to the vertical this should def be an intermediate hike. Beautiful scenery!

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Jonathan Eyestone
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Hiking

Slough Lake is merely a pit stop about 2.5 miles along the Phantom Creek Trail; go 7 miles (one way) and you are on top of Froze-to-Death plateau where you can see Mystic Lake, Island Lake and Silver Lake. While Slough Lake is an easy +125ft gain getting to the top is a more demanding hike with a +4000ft gain.

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Rebecca Vondra
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Hiking

LOVED this hike. It was beautiful and remote and not too crowded at all. I didn't bring my fishing rod, but I wished I had. Even on a hot day, much of the trail was shady and cool. The first part of the hike is a steady uphill climb, but it evens out the closer you get to the lake. Perfect day hike.

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Lisa Guy
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Hiking

This is a fairly easy trail that leads to a beautiful calm, clear lake. What a nice place to have a picnic or do a little fishing.

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Kevin Manelski
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Hiking

Scenic, dog friendly, easy trail that ends on a small lake. It was 85 degrees out and there was still plenty of snow to plow though in the last mile.

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casey grote
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easy hike to a small lake. good views along the way

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Bryce Brinkman
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Deanna Carew
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Deanna Carew
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Scott Brown
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Chris Rosa
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Bryce Brinkman
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Bryce Brinkman
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Andrea Sarchet
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Deanna Carew
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Chad Nordling
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Van D
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Isaac Guzman
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Theresa G
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Eryn Lansverk
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Isaac Guzman
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Lilla Swan
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