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

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Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

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 rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 12.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,227 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

Great day hike! The views are beautiful the whole way in and out. The meadow is a lovely place to chill out and eat a packed lunch. The trail pretty much follows a stream with cute water falls and good swimming areas. There is some woodsy parts of the trail and rock gardens too! Not much incline and very gradual.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Some snow and muddy in some areas but able to walk around. Hiking shoes didn’t get soaked. Likely possible to get pass Quinnebaugh Meadows but didn’t attempt to walk through running creek water shortly pass entrance of meadows. Windy and not too cold at night and beautiful open scenery. Fishing possible nearby but water high. Creeks you’re fill water and lots of trees for bear hang. A few bugs around during daytime.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

What an amazing hike! I was hoping to hike beyond the meadows and camp for the night, but I got sick of fighting snow and turned back. Absolutely stunning. Just be aware of snow, it gets pretty deep passed the meadow. Some areas are very muddy, lots of flowing water. Wear good, thick shoes. Not many people, only saw 2 on my way out.

The trail was great I just wasn’t prepared. Very rocky, needed harder sole’d hikers. Didn’t have bear spray, so turned back when I came across fresh grizzly tracks in the mud. So i didn’t go in as far as i had hoped. Between knowing a Bear was near by and the few snakes on the trial, I was a bit skittish. But the hike was overall really great and it was beautiful.

1 month ago

Sun Aug 05 2018

Pretty trail and views. Very rocky, need shoes or boots if taking horses.

Sat May 05 2018

beautiful. my favorite place to fish.

hiking
Sun Jul 30 2017

Great hike. We went about 3 miles in and the trail becomes a bit more shaded with switchbacks in a few places. Great waterfalls just a short detour off the main trail as you go up, and alongside the trail in he beginning of the shaded area. Lots of wildflowers in late July. Even the burned sections were growing a lot of brush and were gorgeous. Great views. Fun with the dog along too.

Fri Jul 07 2017

Beautiful hike!

Thu Jul 06 2017

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.

backpacking
Tue Jun 27 2017

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.)

hiking
Thu Jul 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.

hiking
Fri Aug 21 2015

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

walking
Sun Jun 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.

Mon Sep 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

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Sun Aug 12 2018

hiking
Sun Jul 01 2018

hiking
Mon Aug 14 2017

backpacking
Thu Jul 06 2017