Quinnebaugh Meadows and Sundance Lake via West Fork of Rock Creek Trail

EASY 8 reviews
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Quinnebaugh Meadows and Sundance Lake via West Fork of Rock Creek Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Lodge, Montana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

12.7 miles
2559 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips


horseback riding



wild flowers

13 days ago

Beautiful hike!

14 days ago

First half was burned in '88 (I guess) with little regrowth, but starting at Sentinel Falls you walk through beautiful forest and along rapids, cascades and falls. Great views of glaciated valley, and variety of gneissic granite.

14 days ago

23 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. We backpacked up to the Meadows the weekend of June 24-25, 2017 to use as a base camp for exploring and fishing. The trail is stunning. Multiple waterfalls as the trail close follows Rock Creek with multiple water sources enroute. A creek divides the Meadows, so there is a constant supply of water available (we use the Grayl Ultralight to filter water - they are awesome and don't break the bank). The trail has a good bit of traffic and quite a few people came up to the Meadows on day hikes, but only a few stayed the night. The Meadows are so big though, we didn't really see anyone much. We brought our Beagle who thought she had died and went to Dog Heaven!

The trailhead begins just a few yards above the parking area and is a gradual ascent all the way to Quinnepaugh; my GPS reported a total 1200-foot climb over the five-mile hike from the parking area. There are only a couple areas with switchbacks, the largest at Sentinel Falls, but it is short in duration. Overall, it isn't a difficult hike. (I think some of the reviews below are misposted or the person was hiking a different trail.)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

About a mile hike from where you park to get to the actual trailhead. Steep switchbacks at the beginning of the trailhead but evens out once you get to the top of them. Multiple small stream crossings and a beautiful view! Went about 3 1/2 miles and turned back due to an incoming storm.

Friday, August 21, 2015

We happened upon this by accident. Wernt sure where we were so we went about 3 miles, and turned back.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

It was nice. Very pretty views with a nice creek to look at while you walk. The first part of the trail is very steep!! That's where you gain 1600 ft elevation! But then the rest is downhill.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Pretty. But it's a very steep beginning. Looks like you can drive in the first 1.5 miles. Saves a bit of time of walking on a road.

Trail is steep and isn't well beaten. Which makes it perfect. Took my puppy and he had a great time. You walk along a creek for a fair amount of time so they can cool off and you can take a bite to eat.

Well recommended